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He is undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists in the world. Voted “Guitar Player” Magazine’s ”Best Country Guitar Picker” five times, Albert received two consecutive nominations for a Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental category and won the 2002 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance. He also received the coveted Gold Badge Award from The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by The British Country Music Association. Albert has earned the worldwide respect of fellow musicians and fans alike, across many styles of music. He is truly a musician’s musician, with an impeccable pedigree achieved over many years' both touring and recording. Albert never ceases to amaze with his unique style and enormous talent. In November 2002, Albert was amongst other world class names appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in the “Concert for George”, a tribute to George Harrison.

Co-writer of “Country Boy” and writer of many other great songs, Albert's career extends to appearing and recording with many of the finest artists in the music industry, including Glen Campbell, Dave Edmunds, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Joan Armatrading, Ricky Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Earl Scruggs, The Everly Brothers, Jackson Browne and Bo Diddley. His most visible gig, however, was playing with Eric Clapton, first on “Just One Night” and then on the tour that followed. He has also played with Eddie Van Halen and Steve Morse in a super group called “The Biff Baby All-Stars”.

Albert is currently a popular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, thrilling audiences with his playing and singing. He has fronted his own band Hogan’s Heroes (a talented group of musicians in their own right) since the late eighties. Albert has five solo albums to his credit and two albums with Hogan’s Heroes in addition to numerous albums with the artists mentioned above. His critically acclaimed country/rockabilly album, ”Heartbreak Hotel”, was released in 2003 as well as a retrospective compilation of his work ”That's All Right, Mama”. A new release, ”Road Runner”, appeared in 2006.



Hogan's Heroes, Alberts Band, ein absoluter Knaller in Europa und USA. Gewinner des Montreux Jazz-Festivals 1997. 


Gerry Hogans Online Music Shop



My absolute favorite basses:

"...at first I develop and design every new bass for myself. When I'm happy with the finished instrument, then it is ready to be handed over to the customer..."
- Jens Ritter -



Die Blues Garage Isernhagen ist ein Live-Club mit Flair und Atmosphäre. Handgemachte Musik ist hier angesagt - vom langsamen Blues bis zum Classic Rock ist alles vertreten.


Wallbreaker got the blues


“My hero then was Sonny Curtis - I admired him so much, I wanted to change my name to Sonny. I even tried to stand like him.”
- Waylon Jennings -


Mr. Telecaster und Elvis' Hausgitarrist


Joeland - Guitar Sound - Guitar-Instrumentals handgemacht :-)


In 1996, in conjunction with his co-writer Terry Taylor, Bill Wyman, formerly of the Rolling Stones, decided to form a new band to play the kind of music which inspired him. The Rhythm Kings were born.
The Rhythm Kings consist of a collective of over 10 musicians led by Bill Wyman. Others in the band include such figures as Georgie Fame, Mike Sanchez, Beverly Skeete, Terry Taylor and Albert Lee. The first album 'Struttin' Our Stuff' came out in 1997 followed by 'Anyway The Wind Blows' in 1998 and 'Groovin' in 2000 which topped the UK Jazz chart. The bands fourth album, 'Double Bill' came out in April 2001 and is, not surprisingly, a double album.
The band have toured Europe, the UK and the USA and are currently recording another album.


Robert Wells - einer der kreativsten Pianisten der Welt ist in Skandinavien schon lange ein Star. Langsam, aber sicher wird er auch auf internationalen Bühnen gefeiert und ist ebenfalls in Deutschland vielen Musik-Liebhabern ein Begriff. Über eine halbe Million begeisterte Zuschauer kamen allein im letzten Jahr zu seinen ausverkauften Konzerten rund um die Welt. Im Stadion von Stockholm oder Göteborg, in der Londoner Royal Albert Hall, in Russland und in der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera wurde der ehemals beste und jüngste Absolvent der Königlichen Akademie Stockholm für Musik gefeiert. In seiner Crossover-Show "Rhapsody In Rock" vereint dieser außergewöhnliche Musiker unterschiedliche Genres auf geniale Weise wie virtuose Klassik, Rock und Pop.


Seit 15 Jahren ist die Truppe um den Münchner Frontman und Songschreiber Horst Jabs auf europäischen Bühnen unterwegs und mittlerweile vielleicht eine der letzten authentischen, harten Rock‘n‘Roll-Bands hierzulande, die sich nach Passieren der 40 nicht auf das Herunterdudeln sattsam bekannter Covers beschränkt. Das wäre auch schade, denn über die Jahre gelang es Jabs und dem leider ausgeschiedenen Londoner Multi-Instrumentalisten und Bandgründer Neal Thomson, eine Formation der Extraklasse zu versammeln:
* Georg Grimm, der in den 60er Jahren seine ersten Meriten als Bassist in der Band von Tony Sheridan auf der Hamburger Reeperbahn in Konkurrenz mit den jungen Beatles sammelte und später mit Ausnahmekönnern wie u. a. Albert Lee, Chris Farlowe, Joe South, Mike Warner und Christine Albert die Welt bereiste.
* Thomas Weick, Mitbegründer der Karlsruher Prog-Rock-Band „The Formula“ aus den 80ern und heute einer der besten und variabelsten Sologitarristen in Deutschland.
* Horst Jabs schließlich schleudert Riffs und Vocals aus bis dato 7 RDs-Alben in zerschlissenem Leder und wallendem Long-Riders-Coat in ein enthusiastisches Publikum, dessen Altersquerschnitt über die letzten Jahre immer breiter wurde.
Zwar sind die 1991 im beschaulichen Wheatley bei Oxford gegründeten RDs in Deutschland nie über den Status eines Geheimtipps hinausgekommen - nicht zuletzt weil sie Publikum und Musikindustrie permanent durch radikale, musikalische Richtungswechsel schockierten - sie präsentieren und transportieren heute aber das Lebensgefühl der in den 60ern Geborenen, die nie Golf gefahren sind und einen schwarzen Afghanen von einem Blue Devil unterscheiden können.


RDs on air in London


CD RDs feat. Albert Lee "Pukka Blokes" also available in NYC


CD des Monats März 2007


US Review of "PUKKA BLOKES"


3 Musiker und ein Mädel aus Musikrichtungen,
wie sie verschiedener nicht sein könnten.
Vereint in der Sprache, mit der sie aufwuchsen.
Traditioneller Hardrock,
australische Einflüsse sind nicht zu leugnen.
Alle von der gleichen Farbe besessen.


Charles James McDevitt was born in Glasgow on 4 December 1934. Glasgow seemed to be a catchment area for future skifflers; Lonnie Donegan, Nancy Whiskey, Jimmie MacGregor and Jimmy Jackson were also born there. After moving south to Hampstead, the McDevitt family decamped at the beginning of the war, to Camberley in Surrey. Chas' father was a master tailor and business in the shape of the troop concentrations at Aldershot and Sandhurst were close at hand.  moore on his Website


Raincheck - Band von Albert Lee's  Sohn Wayne


Er hat schon fast alle zu sich in seine Show geholt - ein großartiger Entertainer und Piano Player.


Lonnie Donegan, the "king of skiffle" music, died Sunday 03. November 2002 in Peterborough, England, at the age of seventy-one. Although the exact cause of death is not known, Donegan had suffered several heart attacks in the past and recently canceled a pair of shows due to illness. Donegan is survived by his wife Sharon and seven children from his three marriages.
Best known for being a prime influence on the Beatles, he was born Anthony James Donegan in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1931, the son of a professional violinist. "Tony" became "Lonnie" in 1952 after he shared a bill with blues guitarist Lonnie Johnson and the MC of the show mixed up their names. Donegan played guitar from the age of nine and got his start in music in his late teens when he received an invitation to join a band as a banjo player -- a group that featured future collaborator Chris Barber -- despite not knowing how to play the instrument.
While stationed in Vienna during a stint in the British army in the late Forties, he became further exposed to American music via American Forces Radio Network. After his release from the army in 1951, Donegan frequently visited the library of the American Embassy, thoroughly studying and sometimes stealing from their collection of blues and folk. He formed the Tony Donegan Jazz Band in 1952 and teamed with Barber once more in the Ken Colyer Jazzmen and the Chris Barber Jazz Band. It was between sets with the Ken Colyer Jazzmen that Donegan first dabbled with skiffle, a hybrid of his influences played on stand-up bass, drums with banjo or guitar.
Donegan got his first taste of success in 1954 while a member of the Chris Barber Jazz Band. Inspired by promising initial sales of the group's album New Orleans Joys, Decca Records opted to release several singles from the LP, including the Leadbelly cover "Rock Island Line," which was credited to the Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group and went on to sell over three million copies in six months.
Even more notably for rock & roll fans, the song prompted the young George Harrison and John Lennon to pick up the guitar. "Lonnie Donegan was a much bigger influence on rock than he was ever given credit for," Harrison wrote in his autobiography, I, Me, Mine. "He was a big hero of mine."
Aside from the Beatles (who began as the skiffle-minded Quarrymen), other British Invasion members had their roots in skiffle bands: the Who (the Detours), Van Morrison (the Sputniks) and Graham Nash (Two Teens). Ironically, after Donegan's disciples found fame in the mid-Sixties, his own popularity waned and he recorded only sporadically. In 1978, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood, Brian May and others joined him for his comeback album, Putting on the Style. Donegan also released The Skiffle Sessions: Live In Belfast 1998, a concert album with Barber and Van Morrison in 2000.

"I was shocked to hear the news of Lonnie's passing," said May. "His music will endure forever in Britain . . . The king of skiffle is dead. Long live the king!"


Joe's early professional musical career included playing guitar with Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and appearing with Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Chuck Berry, whilst Brian Epstein who promoted some of Joe's shows in the North West of England in the early days gave the opening slot a few times to a young band which he was then interested in working with called The Beatles.


Willkommen im Rockzirkus aus Bochum. Mehr als 40 Jahre Geschichte der Rockmusik. Von Mick Abrahams bis Zzebra.


The Beat-Years in the Region Stade, Lower Saxony, Germany

The small town of Stade is situated at the southern banks of the Elbe river, between the city of Hamburg and the river's mouth. Already at the end of the 1950s some youngsters of the region founded bands covering with great enthusiasm songs of the international music stars like Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Fats Domino or the King of Skiffle Lonnie Donegan, primarily to improve their pocket-money. Some years later during the period 1961–1964 these early Rock´n Roll and Skiffle groups were the basis for the first beat bands in Stade THE BLIZZARDS, THE BEATNICS and THE MINSTRELS, which became famous in the whole Elbe-Weser region. Because of the announcement of the Hamburg Star-Club “On Friday 13th the Star-Club starts its Rock´n Twist-Parade 1962” at the beginning these bands called themselves Rock´n Twist-Bands.

During the years 1963 – 1964 these three bands participated successfully in the 2nd and 3rd beat band battles in the legendary "Star-Club Hamburg". These competitions had become milestones in the history of German beat music and you could read in the respective newspapers headlines like “German Rock Amateurs becoming Beat Stars”. CDs with the bands participating in these events are still available in the music scene demonstrating the high standard of the bands. Like other bands, which were both competitors and also friends, e.g. THE BLACK STARS from Bremerhaven and THE PHANTOM BROTHERS from Rendsburg, THE BLIZZARDS and THE MINSTRELS - as a result of their successful performances - got offers for further engagements in the Star-Club, but now for “good money” and the big chance to perform together with other international groups.

At the same time Star-Club owner Manfred Weissleder and Siegfried E. Loch, producer of Star-Club-Records, made additional attractive offers to the bands: record contracts, numerous gigs in “the most famous Beat-Club of the world”, concert- and PR-tours in Germany and  even in England. To realize all these activities the young semi-professionals had to interrupt or even give up their safe jobs or studies. Most of the band members, however, rejected the offers to become professional musicians, because the change from an already safe job development against a vague hope of a music career seemed too risky.


Buddy Holly played rock and roll for only two short years, but the wealth of material he recorded in that time made a major and lasting impact on popular music. Holly was an innovator who wrote his own material and was among the first to exploit such advanced studio techniques as double-tracking. He pioneered and popularized the now-standard rock-band lineup of two guitars, bass and drums. In his final months, he even began experimenting with orchestration. Holly's catalog of songs includes such standards of the rock and roll canon as "Rave On", "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be the Day", Oh Boy!" and "Maybe Baby". Though Holly lacked the arresting sexuality of Elvis Presley, he nonetheless cut an engaging, charismatic figure with his trademark horn-rimmed glasses and vocal hiccup. His creative self-reliance and energetic, inspired craftsmanship prefigured the coming wave of rock and rollers in the Sixties. Holly was a professed influence on the Beatles and Hollies (both of whom derived their names from his). Even the Rolling Stones had their first major British hit with Holly's "Not Fade Away".


Die Musikszene der 60er im mittelrheinischen Raum. Wer jenseits der 40 und am Mittelrhein zuhause ist, erinnert sich gelegentlich mit Genuss und einem Hauch von Wehmut seiner frühen Jugendjahre.
Mit dem Moped unterwegs - Beatles, Rolling-Stones und Kinks im Ohr - tagsüber in der „Milchbar" und zwischendurch 'ne Currywurst an der Imbissbude, abends in den "Schweizer Keller“ oder in die "Florida Bar“.
Am Wochenende ging's ab in die Tanzlokale der Umgebung, wie den legendären "Hilli-Billy-Keller" nach Weißenthurm oder das Kolpinghaus in Neuwied.
Große Live-Acts gab es damals noch nicht. Um so größer war die Bedeutung der lokalen Musikszene. Bands wie die Silhouettes, Thunderbirds, Dogs und Rebells zogen ihre Fans zu Tausenden in die Clubs der Umgebung.
In Remagen fanden zu dieser Zeit schon größere Events mit berühmten Bands statt. Hier spielten unter anderem Scotty and the Silver Strings, die Lords, die Kentuckys, die Mozarts, die Liver-Birds, die Shamrocks und die Hexer.


This is Eddie Cochran's biography and an overview of his achievements. Eddie Cochran was only 21 years old when he died in a tragic accident while on tour in the United Kingdom. In these biography pages you can read about his live and music. For a comprehensive reading about Eddie Cochran check out the In Print page which lists a few essential books. Dark Lonely Street is an article by Phil Davies about the circumstances around the accident that took Eddie's live. The Facts page gathers the hits, the songs he wrote, the movies he played in, etc. A timeline of Eddie's life is on the Biography page. 43 years after Eddie's death I was in Chippenham to take some pictures of the memorial plaque and the site where the fatal accident happened. You can find the pictures on the Chippenham page.


Bo Diddley had most of his success in the music business on the R&B charts in the 50's and early 60's. He had a very strong influence on others who followed.


Aaron, Art, Charles, Cyril & Ivan - "Ain't no sunshine"


Otis Redding is regarded by some as the greatest male soul singer of all time. With the exception of James Brown, his was the most popular black act of his time. Otis was also a terrific songwriter.


One of the best rock/rockabilly vocalist from the 1950's - Gene "Be-Bop-A-Lula" Vincent (1935-1971). Rolling Stone magazine called Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps "the first rock'n'roll band in the world".


One of the biggest Everly Bros. fan in Holland


Die weltberühmten Sangesbrüder ....


.... und ihre Konkurrenten. Heute sind sie gute Freunde.


With his smash 1956 hit classic "Blue Suede Shoes", Carl Perkins virtually defined and established rockabilly music in the rock and roll cannon and launched Sun Records into national prominence. Carl Perkins is regarded by many as one of the founding fathers of rock'and'roll. Although he placed only one record in the pop top forty "Blue Suede Shoes", it became a legendary one in the annals of rock-and-roll and propelled Perkins, one of the original rockabilly singers, into his legendary status.


"Great balls of fire" - "The Killer"


....and the beat goes on


In July, 1960, with 14 violins instead of his guitar backing him, Johnny recorded an item called "Dreamin'". He didn't have to, any longer, for the record did what all the others had failed to do - it became a bonafide hit.


Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. Henry was a master cabinet maker who built his first piano in the kitchen of his Seesen, Germany, home. By the time Henry established Steinway & Sons, he had built 482 pianos. The first piano produced by the company, number 483, was sold to a New York family for $ 500. It is now displayed at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.


"If you tried to give rock'n roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry."
- John Lennon -


Little Richard - the originator, the emancipator, the architect of rock and roll. Exploding into the American consciousness in the mid-50's with "awop-bop-a-loo-mop-alop-bam-boom", he singlehandedly laid the foundation and established the rules for a new musical form: rock and roll. Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, the third of twelve children, Richard Wayne Penniman began singing in his local church choir while still a youngster. He signed with RCA Records in 1951 after winning a talent contest and released two singles - neither receiving prominent notice. Returning to his job washing dishes in a Greyhound bus station, Richard sent a demo tape to Specialty Records, a fledgling Los Angeles label. The song "Tutti Frutti" was his catalyst for success and led to an uninterrupted run of smash hits - "Tutti Frutti", "Long Tall Sally", "Rip It Up", "Lucille", "Jenny Jenny", "Keep A Knockin'", "Good Golly Miss Molly", "Ooh! My Soul". By 1968, Little Richard had sold over 32 million records internationally. A self-imposed hiatus took Richard out of the industry spotlight, but never out of the consciousness of the legions of fans around the world who confidently awaited his return.


James Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, as an only child in 1933. His father was a filling station attendant. When James was four, his parents separated and he grew up in the brothel of his aunt, a poor woman in Augusta, Georgia. Brown left school in the seventh grade. He picked cotton, was a shoe-shine boy, washed cars and dishes and swept out stores. At the age of 16, he took part in an armed robbery and was caught breaking into a car. James was sentenced to eight to sixteen years' hard labor. He served a short period in the county jail before being transferred to juvenile work farms. He spent three years in a community home.

Afterwards, he tried to work as a boxer. His ambitions to make a career as a baseball pitcher ended with a leg injury. He had been a pitcher for the prison team and that's where he first met Bobby Byrd who played against him in a local game. James Brown started to work with pianist Bobby Byrd in bars and clubs in Toccoa, Georgia. Little Richard's manager Clint Brantley took him under contract and sent him to the Twospot Nightclub in Macon, Georgia. During the day, he worked at Lawson's Motor Company in town, in the evenings, he worked as a drummer and organ player in the club's house band which accompanied Bill Johnson, the Four Steps of Rhythm and the Gospel Starlighters. At that time, they switched from gospel to r&b which was then in the air. Later, James Brown became a member of Bobby Byrd's gospel group Three Swanees which became the Swanee Quintet and later the Swanees. In 1955, the singer Sylvester Keels and the guitarist Nafloyd Scott where part of the group. The band toured Georgia and developed into the Famous Flames, a black music revue in which all members had at least to play two instruments and to act as dancers and singers. In 1956, James Brown took over the direction of the Famous Flames which consisted of Keels and Scott, but also Johnny Terry and Nashpendle Knox (both vocals), Wilbert Smith and Ray Felder (both saxophone), Clarence Mack (bass) and Edison Gore (drums).


The Booker T. Jones Band


Born January 24, 1941, Aaron is the third of the four famous Neville Brothers of New Orleans. A product of that city's richly complex musical culture, his first vocal model was older brother Art, keyboardist and founder of the Meters. Brother Charles played sax with B.B. King while brother Cyril became Aaron's partner in a funk band they called the Soul Machine.


Rhythm and Blues singer, legendary singer and entertainer of the 50's and 60's. He had pop hits with "You Send Me", "Chain Gang" and "Cupid" among other popular songs. Died by gunshot under suspicious circumstances that have never been fully resolved.


Sein Spitzname war "Soul Genius" und dieser Name kam von niemand Geringerem als Frank Sinatra: Die Musiklegende Ray Charles ist am 10.06.2004 gestorben. Er erlag mit 73 Jahren in Beverly Hills, Kalifornien, einem Leberleiden. "Wir haben ein Genie und einen Bruder verloren", sagte James Brown.


One night, Klaus was on the Reeperbahn in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg, when he was drawn to the sound of music coming from a basement window. It was the Kaiserkeller Club. Klaus went down into the club to better hear and see the band playing onstage. Despite being alone and feeling out of his element and uncomfortable among the leather clad rockers, Klaus stayed on for the next band. It was The Beatles--John, Paul, George, Stuart Sutcliffe on bass, and Pete Best on drums. Coincidentally, Klaus also saw Ringo Starr that night because he was the drummer for the first band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.


Bob Dylan is the pre-eminent poet/lyricist and songwriter of his time. He re-energized the folk-music genre, brought a new lyrical depth to rock and roll when he went electric, and bridged the worlds of rock and country by recording in Nashville. As much as he's played the role of renegade throughout his career, Dylan has also kept the rock and roll community mindful of its roots by returning often to them. With his songs, Dylan has provided a running commentary on a restless age. His biting, imagistic and often cryptic lyrics served to capture and define the mood of a generation. For this, he's been elevated to the role of spokesmen - and yet the elusive and reclusive Dylan won't even admit to being a poet. "I don't call myself a poet because I don't like the word", he has said.


Die unglaubliche Mischung von staubigem Country und erdigem Rock mit einem Schuss Experience müsst Ihr live erleben!  Kultband aus Karlsruhe
Don't miss it!


"Without Elvis, none of us could have made it."
- Buddy Holly -


In the Fifties with a rockin' piano Fats Domino came out of New Orleans to become one of rock-and-roll's earliest and best stars. With 65 million record sales to his credit, Fats sold out every fifties rock and roll pioneer except Elvis Presley.


Career Milestones:

1946--received first payment for singing when he tied for first place in a talent contest with a traveling talent show
1948--sang on West Texas radio stations
1948--performed on a weekly radio show on KERB in Kermit
1949--organized his first band, "The Wink Westerners"
1956--first recorded single "Ooby Dooby" ("Tryin' To Get To You" B-side) on Je-Wel records
1956--auditioned with band The Teen Kings for Sam Phillips of Sun Records
1956--signed contract with Sun Records
1956--performed at Memphis' Overton Park Shell on June 1 along with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Warren Smith and Eddie Bond; Elvis Presley was in the audience
1956--"Ooby Dooby" (re-recorded at Sun) made the national pop charts at #59
1957--Everly Brothers recorded Orbison's "Claudette" (released in 1958)
1957--signed staff writer contract with Acuff-Rose in Nashville
1958--signed recording contract with RCA Records in Nashville
1959--moved to Nashville
1959--signed recording contract with Monument Records in Nashville
1960--first major cut "Only the Lonely"; was a #1 hit in Britain and a #2 hit in America; sold 2 million copies
1960--first appearance on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand"
1961--first #1 hit "Running Scared"
1962--first album to make the charts, "Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits"
1964--"Oh, Pretty Woman" went to #1
1965--signed recording contract with MGM Records
1967--feature film debut in "The Fastest Guitar Alive" released by MGM (New York premiere January 15, 1967)
1974--signed with Mercury Records
1977--Linda Ronstadt recorded Roy Orbison/Joe Melson's "Blue Bayou" which went to #3 for two weeks and remained on the chart for 24 weeks
1980--Don McLean recorded "Crying" which went to #5 and stayed on the charts for 15 weeks
1982--Van Halen's "Oh, Pretty Woman" went to #12 and became the group's first top 10 hit
1986--moved to the West Coast
1987--signed first recording contract in 8 years with Virgin Records
05/22/1987--appeared on "Saturday Night Live" on May 22
1987--taped an all-star tribute for Cinemax which was released on video in May 1988 by Virgin Records as "Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night"; sold 50,000 copies
1988--"The Traveling Wilburys Volume One" released (with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Roy Orbison)
1988--last concert in Akron Ohio on December 4, two days before his death
1989--album "Mystery Girl" released posthumously.


Elvis Presley nahm hier 1953 für seine Mutter zum Geburtstag "My Happiness" auf. Später wurde daraus ein wenig mehr.


Before Berry Gordy Jr. founded Motown Records 45 years ago, when Detroit was known as just the "Motor City". Today, Motown means the greatest hit factory any generation has ever heard and a sound that has influenced popular music like no other. That sound and many of those hits are now heard on Motown.


Vom "Licht der Welt erblicken" kann man bei diesem über jeden Zweifel erhabenen, außergewöhnlichen Musiker und Performer eigentlich nicht sprechen. Der kleine Stevie kam am 13.Mai 1950 in Saginaw/Michigan auf diesen Planeten, dessen Bewohner er seit nunmehr drei Jahrzehnten mit seinen Songs beglückt. Zu viel Sauerstoff im Brutkasten nahm ihm die Sehkraft auf beiden Augen, ein von Gott gegebenes Geschenk, wie er immer wieder betonte. Denn so habe er seine anderen Sinne, vor allem das Gehör, sensibilisieren können.


The 2004 MIPA was conferred in a ceremony during the music trade fair on April 1. Attended by over three hundred representatives hailing from all points on the globe, the MIPAs have become truly the "Grammy Awards" of the musical instrument/pro audio industry. This year, the editorial staff from fifty-eighty magazines cast their respective ballots for products they consider most innovative, well made, and important for consumers. In the percussion category, the LP One Shot Shaker took top place.


Frank Sinatra passed away as a result of a heart attack on May 14, 1998 at the age of 82.


"One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock,
Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock, rock,
Nine, ten, eleven o'clock, twelve o'clock, rock,
We're gonna rock around the clock tonight."


In 1959, Joey Dee recognized the potential of the newest fad, a new dance called "The Twist".


In 1958, the coasters hit the charts again with two blockbuster hits "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown". These stayed in the top ten for several weeks with "Yakety Yak" in the number 1 position and "Charlie Brown" in the number 2 position. From then on it was hit after hit with such songs as "Poison Ivy", "Along Came Jones", "Little Egypt", "Zing With The Strings of My Heart", "Love Potion No. 9", "Baby That's Rock & Roll" and many, many more. All of the Coasters material was written and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote for Elvis Presley, The Drifters, The Dixie Cups, Peggy Lee, and Willie May Thorton, just to name a few.


The Silver Fox was a country music superstar. He was born in the flat, poverty-stricken cottonlands of the Arkansas delta on December 14, 1932. The same fertile landscape criss-crossed by Sonny Boy Williamson and Albert King and the towering figure of Robert Johnson, among others.




Abbey Road Studios is quite simply the most famous recording studio in the world. Opened in 1931, the Studio made its name with big orchestral recordings and of course, The Beatles.


Macca Paul!


The Beatles, popularly known as the Fab Four, began in 1956 in Liverpool, England, as the Quarrymen, with John Lennon as the leader. Paul McCartney joined in 1957. With the joining of George Harrison and Stu Sutcliffe in 1958, the group changed its name first to Johnny and the Moondogs, and later to the Silver Beatles. Shortly after adopting the name The Beatles in 1960, they recruited drummer Pete Best. Thus the group was a quintet until Stu's departure in 1961; just months after leaving the group, Stu died of a brain hemorrhage. Although some fans jeered the replacement of Pete by Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey) in 1962, the resentment would shortly pass, and by the time the year closed, the group had their first UK Top 20 hit, "Love Me Do." Their popularity later spread to the United States and the rest of the world. They took turns singing lead; on most albums, George sang lead on two songs, and Ringo sang lead on one. The guys began building solo careers in 1969, but the group officially split in 1970. John had a successful solo career until 1980, when he was murdered in front of his apartment building by a deranged fan. The surviving Beatles briefly reunited in 1994-96 for the compilation of the three Anthology volumes. George survived an assassination attempt in 1999, but died in November 2001 after battling cancers of the throat and the brain.


"George was a giant, a great, great soul with all of the humanity, all of the wit and humor, all the wisdom, the spirituality, the common sense of a man and compassion for people. The world is a profoundly emptier place without him."


"Just don't say we didn't warn you."



Lieblingslokal von John, Paul, George und Ringo, schräg gegenüber vom Star Club.



The Traveling Wilburys were formed in 1988 and consisted of 5 members:

Bob Dylan -Lucky Wilbury (Boo Wilbury),
Jeff Lynne - Otis Wilbury (Clayton Wilbury),
Tom Petty - Charlie T. Jr.(Muddy Wilbury),
Roy Orbison- Lefty Wilbury,
George Harrison - Nelson Wilbury (Spike Wilbury)

They were the first of the "super" groups combining stars of the musical world, and genuine friends, who had each achieved fame with their own musical talents. The Traveling Wilburys began after George's comeback album "Cloud Nine" was completed. George had to create a bonus track for the European twelve inch version of "When We Was Fab". Since Jeff Lynne helped in the creation of George's album, he postponed his other projects: work on Roy Orbison's album "Mystery Girl", and work on tracks for Tom Petty. The two Englishmen discussed this over lunch in L.A. That Roy was so well versed in the Monty Python genre of British comedy, George was delighted when Roy volunteered to sing with him on the extra track.

"And so I just thought I'll just go into the studio tomorrow and do one, and it happened that Jeff was working with Roy and Roy wanted to come. My guitar was at Tom's house for some reason and I had to go round and get it. And the only studio that we could find available was Bob's. So we thought, Bob's got one, we'll just call him up."


"It wasn't worth booking anywhere expensive, so George telephoned Bob Dylan in Santa Monica whose garage was available for recording in the next day. Rolling up late the following morning, Roy shook hands with guitarist Tom Petty, whose group had backed Dylan on the tour that had terminated at Wembley. Petty had nothing better to do, so he tagged along."

"Then George showed up again and George had a single coming out and he needed a new B-Side." - Tom Petty

Dylan lent a hand when Harrison - with his B-Side only half-finished, George said: "Give us some lyrics, you famous lyricist." - George Harrison

"I looked behind the garage door and there was a cardboard box with 'Handle with Care' on it." - George Harrison

"So we went out there to Bob Dylan's house, sat on the grass and from the germ of an idea that George had on the guitar we wound up writing this song called "Handle With Care"." - Tom Petty

George added what he called "a lonely bit" for Orbison, while Dylan wheezed the trademark harmonica on the fade.

"And so everybody was there and I thought I'm not gonna just sing it myself, I've got Roy Orbison standing there. I'm gonna write a bit for Roy to sing. And then as it progressed then I started doing the vocals and I just thought I might as well push it a bit and get Tom and Bob to sing the bridge." - George Harrison

The next day, Roy left for a one-nighter in Anaheim near Long Beach, Bob continued preparing for a summer tour, and George slipped over to Warner Records with the new tape. Warner rejected the tape, saying that it had too much potential for profit to be hidden under some obscure 12 inch, so George discussed with Jeff, over a quantity of Mexican lager, the idea of cutting a whole LP. When the two skidded up to his house with the plan, Petty jumped at the chance, while over the phone, all they got from Bob was "Yes" before he hung up. That evening, Jeff, George, Tom and their wives drove down the coast to Anaheim to put it before Oribson who answered "That'd be great".

"We watched Roy give an incredible concert and kept nudging each other and saying: "Isn't he great? He's in our band" We were really happy that night." - Tom Petty

The album was completed over the summer of 1988. Most of the composing took place at the house of Dylan's then producer, Dave Stewart. Nourished by a continuous barbecue, George's team would plan all afternoon and night.

"We'd assemble after breakfast at about one in the afternoon, and just sit around with acoustic guitars, then someone would have a title or a chord pattern and we'd let it roll." - George Harrison

"It worked so well because it was so unplanned." - Roy Orbison

"Don't learn, just play the bleeding piano !" - Jeff Lynne

Due to Dylan's upcoming tour, only ten days could be set aside for recording. "We didn't tell anyone that we were doing it, since if we did, we knew there would be problems." - Roy Orbison

During the production of "Cloud Nine", studio errors were caused by little gremlins called "Wilburys". First, '"The Trembling Wilburys" was suggested as a name, but Bob's suggestion "traveling" won. "George and I had this fantasy idea. We'd start inventing a group that would have all our favourite people." - Jeff Lynne

Later, Harrison would consider the likelihood of a full-length movie based on the sleevenotes attributed to Michael Palin from a brainwave of Derek Taylors. Masquerading as half brothers sired by the same father - Charles Truscott Wilbury Senior - the five appeared under their chosen pseudonyms.

"Some said daddy was a cad and a bounder but I remember him as a Baptist minister." - Roy Orbison
As for the possibility of a tour: "If the others wanted to tour, I'd be inclined to do something." - George Harrison
"We did dicuss it, but only as far as the order that we'd come on stage." - Roy Orbison.


"M.B.E. stands for Mister Brian Epstein."


German Beat-Band from the roaring sixties


"We were all supposed to be something different. Paul was the face, I was the smart one, George with all his mysticism, was the spirit, and Ringo was the heart. I certainly don't have any hard feelings about him, never had a reason to."
- John Lennon -


In the tradition of The Kinks and the Small Faces and around the same time as Ian Dury and Squeeze, Chas & Dave wrote and recorded exceptionally witty songs about life in London, performed with a strong affection for all things English reminiscent of many of the great Music Hall artists many years previously. In their case , however, the musical accompaniment to their sharply observant material was neither rock nor punk but solid, no-nonsense Rock’N’Roll style which had been their background and inspiration.
Pianist Chas Hodges and guitarist Dave Peacock were widely experienced around the British rock scene of the 1960s and early 70s before teaming up with drummer Mick Burt (another much-travelled musician who had gone back to his original trade as a plumber) to form the group. Chas had worked with the legendary producer Joe Meek, backed Jerry Lee Lewis, played with Mike Berry and the Outlaws, along with Ritchie Blackmore, and also the highly respected Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, which had Burt on drums. He then joined Albert Lee’s cult band Heads Hands and Feet before playing with Dave and Albert in Black Claw. Dave had been equally active, Starting out in The Rolling Stones (no, not them!) in 1960. Spells with The Tumbleweeds, Mick Greenwood, Jerry Donaghue, and the above mentioned Black Claw followed prior to the pair coming together to go out on their own as Chas & Dave.
Their debut album ‘One Fing ‘n’ Anuvver’ was released on the Retreat label in 1975 earning critical acclaim from the likes of John Peel among others. This self-produced offering was perhaps the first (definitely the strongest) example of cockney Rock ‘n’ Roll, with song titles such as ‘Ponders End Allotments Club’ giving a strong North London angle to the genre. Their proudly cockney vocals and exuberant good humour, blended with their love for genuine Rock’n’Roll, led them to title their 1978 EMI album ‘Rockney’ (later to become their label name) which featured some top quality songwriting and was championed, before their commercial success, by the influential DJ Charlie Gillett. Two years later they were spotted by an advertising exec at a pub gig playing their composition ‘Gertcha’; he signed them up to make ads for Courage beer and lucrative popularity naturally resulted as well as awards for the ads themselves. ‘Gertcha’ became their first Top Twenty chart entry. They followed up with ‘The Sideboard Song (Got my Beer in The Sideboard Here)’ from their third album ‘Don't Give A Monkey's’ , and their two most successful singles, 1980’s ‘Rabbit’ (from the same album) and the fine, more reflective ballad ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ two years later. In between they recorded their first live album - 'Live At Abbey Road' - for EMI. The famous Studio One being converted into an East end pub for the occasion with friends and industry invited.
More popular recordings came along with ‘Margate’ and ‘London Girls’ and a move into the sporting world, collaborating with the Matchroom Mob on ‘Snooker Loopy’ in 1986, and Tottenham Hotspur FC on their FA cup final songs. The 80s also saw Christmas releases with collections of their favourite old time songs brought back for a new audience. The boys still found time to contribute theme tunes for TV shows such as ‘Crackerjack’ and ‘In Sickness & In Health’. Regular appearances on our screens as well as their own TV specials boosted their profile to household name status. Perhaps the high point of the decade though was being presented with the ‘Red Book’ by Eamonn Andrews on the TV show ‘This Is Your Life’ during the show’s heyday in 1985.
Throughout the 90s they switched their attention to new projects such as writing the musical ‘Two For The Price Of One’ with the late Johnny Speight, legendary creator of Alf Garnett, and a collection of songs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of V.E day in 1995. This proved to be their most successful album to date hitting number two in the charts (kept off of the top spot only by Take That’s farewell album!). The accompanying video was equally successful. In 1998 they had an unexpected breakthrough in America when radio stations started playing their track ‘Flying’ in heavy rotation, resulting in overwhelming public response. This lead to them being snapped up by US label Cleveland International and ‘The World Of Chas & Dave’ album was released to cash in on the buzz, which it duly did, winning them scores of fans in the states including Jack Clement, legendary engineer at Sun Studios (who is credited as having discovered Elvis no less!). So 25 years on, the boys found themselves touring the US for the first time.
In this new century, Chas & Dave’s appeal has never been greater or more varied. The audiences are getting younger without the boys deliberately trying to appeal to the youth, and new bands are citing them as a major influence. None more so than The Libertines, who when asked who they wanted on the bill with them on their London shows in 2003/2004, didn’t hesitate... Chas & Dave. The shows at The Brixton Academy & The Kentish Town Forum were a huge success with Pete & Carl from the band joining Chas & Dave on stage for a couple of numbers. This glowing endorsement from the band of the moment opened a lot of people’s eyes and ears to Chas & Dave.
In a musical climate so obsessed with the cool, Chas & Dave never quite fitted in. They merely write and play the music they love and have done so for over a quarter of a century.
 


Martin Lewis, Hollywood based, British Comedian and Resident of the United States


Dylan wanted Robertson and Helm to continue backing him in his guerilla-warfare attack on middle-America's consciousness and eventually Australia's and Europe's. They responded that they couldn't see doing it without the rest of the Hawks being along for the ride, so after a bit of rehearsal in Toronto in September 1965, Bob Dylan and the Band took to the road.


When Elvis Presley came to Florida in 1961 to film "Follow That Dream", he met an awestruck 11-year-old named Tom Petty. Within the year, Petty's own dream had materialized: to follow in the footsteps of his newfound idol, the King of Rock 'n Roll. The young Floridian picked up a guitar, tried on a sneer for size and never looked back.


"Really, I'm quite a traditionalist."
- Ray Davies -


The Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969 drew more than 450.000 people to a pasture in Sullivan County. For four days, the site became a countercultural mini-nation in which minds were open, drugs were all but legal and love was "free". The music began Friday afternoon at 5:07 pm, August 15 and continued until mid-morning Monday, August 18. The festival closed the New York State Thruway and created one of the nation's worst traffic jams. It also inspired a slew of local and state laws to ensure that nothing like it would ever happen again.


"My Generation"


The Byrds were the first American supergroup. The combination of Roger McGuinn's ringing 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, Gene Clark's poetry, David Crosby's harmonies, Chris Hillman's bluegrass-influenced bass playing and Michael Clarke's enthusiastic drumming ushered in a new era of Rock 'n' Roll. A music that changed the way we felt and thought and looked at ourselves and each other.


More than anybody else, The Rolling Stones have defined the parameters of rock and roll. Of course, without Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Buddy Holly, Keith Richards (guitar) and Bill Wyman (bass) would probably be lowlifes propping up the bar at their local pub and Charlie Watts (drums) might be nothing but an unfulfilled jazz aficionado. If there had been no Mick Jagger (vocals), however, hard rock, heavy metal, glam, punk and grunge would have been unthinkable. While that may be unfair to the talents of Richards and Brian Jones, who both hot-wired blues guitar riffs into something else entirely, and sell short the ability of Watts, who is surely the swingingest drummer in rock, Jagger has unquestionably developed much of rock's lyrical terrain and, more importantly, created the rock and roll persona. Single-handedly, Jagger invented that peculiarly British notion of part brat, part camp, self-conscious stardom that has been picked up by everyone from David Bowie to Jarvis Cocker. For Americans, who have never been very attuned to irony and posturing, Jagger's macho, don't-give-a-fuck attitude and threatening snarl became the obligatory rock-star stance and played a large part in launching The Standells, The Stooges, Aerosmith and Pussy Galore.


"Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get."
- Keith Richards -


In 1970 Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May and Mike Grose become QUEEN. The name was Freddie's idea and originally Roger and particularly Brian didn't like it. They were slowly persuaded however.


Everybody knows, Brian played in a little band called Queen. Less people know, he played in some other bands before he, John Deacon, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor formed Queen.


The Ventures - Kings of Instro Rock


27.08.1960 - The Shadows - "Apache"


On Monday 14th October 1940, Dorothy Webb gave birth to a nine pound boy who would eventually go on to be described as the boy who's going to rock the world. Harry Rodger Webb was born in The King's English Hospital in Lucknow due to the lack of major hospitals in Dehra Dun and was due to be christened "Rodger Harry" upon his return to the town. However, Cliff's godmother voiced her preference for "Harry Rodger" at the actual christening, which took place at St. Thomas' Church, and that was the name he was very hastily christened with.


Formed in 1962, The Nashville Teens were the product of the merger of two local bands in the Weybridge, Surrey, area. The band were unusual in that hey retained two lead singers - Ray Phillips and Arthur Sharp. The name was derived from the Everly Brotherssong "Nashville Blues". After some experimentation during their "apprenticeship" in Hamburg (including the short lived addition of a third lead vocal - Terry Crow) the band settled down and there were few changes of personnel during the early sixties. In 1966 drummer Barry Jenkins left to join Art Sharp moved on in the early 1970's to follow a career in record producing, and today Ray Phillips is the sole "original" band member. The Animals, and pianist John Hawken joined Keith Relf of The Yardbirds to form Renaissance.


"Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end,
Letters I've written
Never meaning to send."


The continual evolution of Genesis helps distinguish them from their Prog Rock contemporaries. Love them or hate them, this band is nothing if not multi-faceted. Original vocalist Peter Gabriel began to innovatively flex his lyrical and performance muscle on such early 70's albums as Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound. In concert, allegedly to combat shyness, he would wear masks and make-up, use props and tell stories. Gabriel ended his relationship with the band in 1975, following the release of the incredibly ambitious double album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. When drummer Phil Collins took over vocal duties, Genesis grew to be one of the biggest-selling acts of the 80's, slowly shifting away from art rock and toward highly-produced, pop-oriented fare designed for mass consumption. Genesis still march on today with another singer in tow (Ray Wilson) and compilation releases of rarities and previously unavailable material.


Bill Harry began publishing "Mersey Beat" in July 1961. The aim was to keep the youth of Liverpool informed about developments in the city's burgeoning music scene. Among the papers' contributors was one John Lennon who wrote a column under the name "Beachcomber". At the end of each year Harry ran a poll to test the popularity of the groups playing the many local clubs. These are results of those polls which are re-produced here with his kind permission.


Born Jiles Perry Richardson Jr. on October 24, 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas. His family moved to Port Arthur when he was very young. He attended public schools and played football in high school. Jape graduated at Beaumont High School in 1949. While he was in college, he found a job at a radio station in Beaumont, Texas. Jiles or "Jape", as he preferred to be called, married Adrian Joy Fryon on April 18, 1952. They would have a daughter, Deborah. In 1957, while working as a DJ for KTRM in Beaumont, he coined the name "The Big Bopper", a stage name he would use for the rest of his life.


Ritchie Valens was rock-and-roll's first Chicano star and managed to come up with some hit songs and leave his mark before his tragic death at age 17.


November 26, 1999: People would freak on us, because we'd hug and kiss on each other in public," says Shawn Sahm of the tight bond he and his brother Shandon shared with their father. "But it was like, "Fuck everybody, we don't care what anyone thinks.' We always wanted the whole world to know." What the "Sons of Sahm" always wanted the whole world to know was that Doug Sahm wasn't just their father, he was also their best friend. In fact, to say the Sahm family was a mutual admiration society is to put it mildly. Once both Sahm brothers decided on careers as professional musicians, few conversations with Doug Sahm didn't include an excited endorsement for Shawn or Shandon's latest projects. In turn, the Sahm brothers say everything they know about music, and life itself, they learned from Doug Sahm.

"Everything stems from him," says Shawn, 34. "When I learned to play guitar, sing or write songs, I learned by watching him. My favorite bands were always bands like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or Hendrix, but my dad was always in a whole other category."


Eric Burdon's life has been a musical journey matched by few other performers in rock music history. He has gone from the driving force of the grittiest British Invasion band, to pioneering the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene, to fronting WAR - the biggest funk band of the 1970's, to cutting an LP with an early influence, jazz-blues great Jimmy Witherspoon, to coming full-circle and reuniting his original band, The Animals, for a series of projects and a world-wide tour, to forming a new group of "Animals" and releasing a series of live CDs and a recent DVD concert.


"I can understand why so many diehard old American blues musicians all seem to say that Peter Green is the only one who is up to it as far as they are concerned. Can you understand that ?"
- Dick Heckstall-Smith -
 


The Hammond tone wheel organ has paved the way for uncounted advancements in keyboard instrument development. Since the first Hammond organ was introduced in 1935, it has earned the reputation of being the most dependable and versatile organ the industry has ever produced. The tone wheel Hammond organ well deserves its reputation, having earned it from church organists, home organists, semi-professionals and professionals throughout many years.


Blues legend B.B. King had been playing Gibsons for over 40 years when he and Gibson officially joined forces in 1982. B.B.'s personal touches on his signature model include the fine-tuner tailpiece, the semi-hollow body with no soundholes and, of course, the name that has adorned his guitars throughout his career - "Lucille".


Along with teaching some of the top rock guitar players of the 80's and 90's, Joe Satriani is one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times. Born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, NY, and raised in the nearby town of Carle Place, Satriani - inspired by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix - picked up the guitar at the age of 14 (although he was initially more interested in the drums). Quickly learning the instrument, Satriani began teaching guitar to others and found a kindred spirit in one of his students, Steve Vai. By the late 70's, however, Satriani had relocated to Berkeley, CA. With his sights set on his own musical career, "Satch" kept teaching others, including such future rock notables as Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde (Primus), David Bryson (Counting Crows) and jazz fusion player Charlie Hunter.


1960 in New York geboren, nimmt er als Jugendlicher Unterricht beim vier Jahre älteren Joe Satriani, der später selber zu Ruhm kommt. Nach einem Abschluss am renommierten Berklee College of Music zieht er 1979 mit seiner Gitarre im Koffer nach Los Angeles, um dort sein Glück zu versuchen.




"... one of the masters of the last 3 decades of music ..."
- Eric Clapton: Mojo Magazine -


"Carl was my bass player in the early part of my life in music. We played the “high class joints”, we even played the “honky-tonks”. One of the most outstanding things about Carl was his choice of notes and the choice of spaces between.  In music his taste was impeccable, and the strength of simplicity reigned supreme.  I can’t think of another player on the instrument that had his understanding or facility. While others ran amok, Carl always seemed to play the correct thing for the occasion. Very rare indeed. It was truly my pleasure and privilege to have known him and been able to share music with him for many great years. Thank you for helping the world share his memory."                                                                                           
Leon Russell -




Mr. Slowhand - ist wie guter Wein, der mit dem Alter immer besser wird.


It really happened.

The lights went down and the band walked on stage. The show kicked off with "I’m So Glad". Eric leads with arpeggios that I worked out how to play from LPs thirty years ago but never saw being played by him. His black signature Stratocaster is plugged into a Cornell amp and Jack is playing a 1950s violin-shaped Gibson EB-0 bass, like the one that Felix played, through a Hartke rig. Ginger is playing a green sparkle DW kit.
This is CREAM - the unmistakable blend of Eric Clapton's and Jack Bruce's voices in harmony. Jack looks thin and frail but his singing is strong and what a presence. Ginger’s kit sound though a modern PA is much fuller than on live recordings from the '60s. Playing is slightly tentative but can you blame them? It’s been almost 37 years. An a cappella ending to "I'm So Glad" and the crowd is on its feet again.
The next song, "Spoonful", is bluesier in a sort of modern Clapton way but Jack’s vocal is still magnetic. Eric took his first lead vocal of the night with "Outside Woman Blues".
Jack’s vocals and playing got stronger as the evening progressed. "Deserted Cities of Heart" sounded better than the '60s live version to my ears and "We Are Going Wrong" was amazing - richly enhanced by the modern reverb which allowed the music to breath more. The Cockney "Pressed Rat and Warthog", totally unexpected, with Ginger rapping on a headset microphone, had the band and the audience in stitches. It was fantastic to hear "Badge" with Jack playing the distinctive bass line with the Gibson voice.
The choice of songs was eclectic – some obvious oldies and other not so obvious ones. The only number that was not in the Cream canon was "Stormy Monday", but I am sure they played this slow blues song with the late great Graham Bond/John Mayall/ in the early days of Cream. "Sleepy Time" was also more American blues in approach, Eric bringing to the fold the guitar sound and style that he developed during his career as a solo artist. Jack’s bass tone and playing was particularly good on "NSU" and "Sweet Wine". Shorter improvisations allowed them to play more numbers and that seemed to please the crowd very much.
Above all, what was really striking was the rapport among the band members, radiating from the stage and reflected in the spirit of the music. All three were smiling and the audience was ecstatic. The thunderous applause and standing ovation at the end of songs seemed never ending, the band launching into the next number in the middle of continuing cheer. Jack was clearly being stretched due to the fact that he is still on the road of recovery from the serious illness he had suffered. It was heart warming to see the concern that Eric displayed – it appeared like Eric was keeping an eye on Jack, making sure he was all right.
There were subtle improvements made in instrumental arrangements such as Eric playing slide guitar on "Rollin’ and Tumblin’", striking a pose that was reminiscent of the great Howlin’ Wolf, while Jack half-sat on a stall and displayed his prowess on a blues harp. A harmonica on a stand came into play to enhance Wolf’s "Sitting On Top Of the World", sounding like a happy medium between the fire of Cream’s '60s version and the bluesiness of Wolf’s version. This was clearly the Cream 2005.
Certain songs to varying degree appeared to me still had a room to develop over the course of next three shows (and who knows? US or Japan tour?), such as "Born Under A Bad Sign" and "Politician" (which sported a new ending arrangement). "Crossroads" was a not-all-together-satisfying compromise between the chunky Clapton version and the faster rendition from Wheels on Fire. Probably for a similar reason, "White Room", to my ears, sounded like it needed to be turned into a Cream number again. It was curious to see that Eric sang the chorus, which, in a Clapton concert setting, has always been sang not by Eric but by a backing singer. Eric also sang the last verse of "White Room", probably an acknowledgement of the fact that he regularly sang this Pete Brown/Jack Bruce song in his concerts for 20 years since Live Aid in 1985.
The concert came to an end with "Toad", a highlight of the evening with Ginger showing that he is still the boss on the kit. The encore was "Sunshine of Your Love" featuring the distinctive drum voice of Ginger.

To quote Eric’s words in "Sunshine Of Your Love", I’ve been waiting so long – and it was worth it. It was one of those nights. The crowd seemed happy and fulfilled, including Brian May of Queen.


"Too Much Monkey Business"


"All I wanna do is have a little fun before I die."


(7 March 1944 - 1 Jan 1997) A country and folk-blues singer and guitarist, Van Zandt is a native Texan and great grandson of one of the original settlers who founded Fort Worth in the mid-19th century. The son of a prominent oil family, Townes turned his back on financial security to pursue the beatnik life
in Houston. First thumbing his way through cover versions, his acoustic sets later graced the Jester Lounge and other venues where his "bawdy bar-room ballads" were first performed. Although little-known outside of a cult country rock following, many of his songs are better publicized by the covers afforded them by Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Don Gibson and Willie Nelson. This gave songs such as "Pancho And Lefty" and "If I Needed You" the chance to rise to the top of the country charts. Much of Van Zandt's material was not released in the UK until the late 70's, though his recording career actually began with "For The Sake Of A Song", released in the US in 1968. His media awareness belies the debt of many artists, including the Cowboy Junkies and Go-Betweens, profess to owing him. Steve Earle went further: "Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that." Interest is still alive as the
recent re-issue of the "Live And Obscure" (albeit re-titled "Pancho And Lefty") on Edsel proves. Van Zandt continues to live a reclusive life in a cabin in Tennessee, recording occasionally purely for the chance to "get the songs down for posterity".


Der Klampfen Rolls Royce


"This is an artist you must listen to. Steve pulls no punches and gives me much hope. If I were a rock star, I would be Steve Earle."
- Michael Moore -


"First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin."

January 20, 2003:

Leonard Cohen will receive Canada's highest civilian honour when he is officially promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada. Cohen will be recognized for his contributions to poetry and music,
with a body of work that has spanned over 40 years. Leonard Cohen is considered one of the most influential artists of his generation, inspiring both writers and musicians from around the world. His stark images of love, beauty and despair have touched fans internationally.


Duane Eddy, the most successful and influential instrumentalist in Rock and Roll history, is the man who added a new term to the American music dictionary - TWANG. The sound he created, using his trademark red Gretsch guitar, was easily indentifiable and uniquely his own. Combining strong, dramatic, single-note melodies, along with bending of the low strings, he produced a sound that was unlike anything yet heard - the sound that would be featured on an unprecedented string of thirty-four chart singles and sales of over 100 million worldwide.



Er war ein Ausnahme-Gitarrist, in den USA sehr bekannt, in Europa und Deutschland ein Insidertipp. Ein "Telly-Fingerpicker" der Extraklasse !


Steve Lukather, world class guitar player, singer and songwriter. Born in 1957 in Los Angeles, Steve Lukather has been a force in the music industry for twenty-two years. Luke, as his friends call him, began playing the six string at the young age of seven. Within two years, he was handling blues scales and Clapton and Hendrix solos well enough to play with others twice his age. By the age of eleven, Lukather was already earning money with his talent, performing on the party circuit around L.A. It was in the halls of Grant High School, that Steve met the musicians that eventually led to the formation of Toto, which have sold an estimated 20 million copies worldwide. Outside of Toto, Steve Lukather has added his trademark licks to countless recordings from a diverse musical spectrum.


"John Lee Hooker, the greatest of all bluesmen passed away peacefully in his sleep in the morning of June 21, 2001 at his home in the San Francisco Bay area at the age of 83. Hooker influenced countless generations of musicians and inspired music fans around the world during his sixty year career. He was loved dearly by millions and we will all miss him greatly. We thank everyone for their kind wishes and condolences."
- The John Lee Hooker Family -


"When I was 12 or 13, I got my first electric, a 1953 Telecaster, brand new for $ 120. Later, I traded it in for a Les Paul, then traded that for a Stratocaster. Finally, I realized I had the right guitar to begin with. The Telecaster sounded a lot like a steel, and I liked that tone. If it didn't have the sound it did - if it sounded like a Gibson or a Gretsch - I'd never play a Telecaster, because the others are easier to play than a Tele, but don't have the sound."
- Roy Buchanan -


It was a hot day in July of 1954, and the studio musicians weree struggling through a session with one of the less-promising new singers – a persistent boy from the neighbourhood who had finally been offered the chance to lay down some ballads. Memphis Recording Service was small, so it’s no surprise that the studio’s owner – a man by the name of Sam Phillips – overheard the young artist fooling around with a tune called "That's All Right" during a coffee break. Phillips heard magic. In just a few takes with the boss at the control panel, the nineteen-year-old unknown named Elvis Presley recorded the song.


"You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you? Don't you ?"


US-Magazin für Zupfinstrumente und Saitenakrobaten


Born McKinley Morganfield (Rolling Fork, Mississippi), the most influential Chicago bluesman modernized the Mississippi Delta blues by adding an electric guitar, developing the now-ubiquitous ensemble-driven Chicago style, revolutionizing the music's sound. The son of a sharecropper, Waters played harmonica and sang at family gatherings, finally taking up the guitar as a teenager (folklorists Alan Lomax and John Work made field recordings of him during the early 40s while Waters was working on a southern plantation). Moved to Chicago during the 40s to find a better life (and to become a professional musician). There, he met Big Bill Broonzy and Sunnyland Slim and began recording what is almost a canon of modern blues: "Rollin' Stone", "I Can't Be Satisfied", "I Feel Like Going Home", "Got My Mojo Working", "Mannish Boy" and "Hoochie Coochie Man".


Fender News 10/2004 - 50 Jahre Fender Stratocaster:

Ausnahme-Gitarristen wie Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Hank Marvin, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore und Albert Lee – um hier nur einige zu nennen – werden von Fender persönlich gebeten, diese Gitarre zu signieren. Dieses außergewöhnliche Instrument steht symbolisch für ein besonderes historisches Ereignis – es ist die Jubiläumsfeier zum 50. Geburtstag einer weltweit bekannten E-Gitarren-Ikone – der Fender Stratocaster.


Hi Paula !


Die Produktpalette von Höfner ist in der Tat viel-"saitig" und umfasst nicht nur Streichinstrumente und klassische Gitarren. 1955 hatte Walter Höfner die Idee, einen elektrisch verstärkten Halbresonanz-Bass zu bauen. Walter war beides, sowohl ein kreativer Gitarren- wie auch Geigenbauer. So entstand das unverwechselbare Design seines Basses, den er 1956 unter der Bezeichnung "500/1" auf der Frankfurter Musikmesse erstmals der Öffentlichkeit vorstellte. Bekannt wurde dieses Modell allerdings unter einem anderen Namen. 1961 kaufte Paul McCartney seinen ersten Höfner-Bass in einem Hamburger Laden und spielte damit viele unvergessliche Songs der "Beatles" ein. Auch heute noch spielt Paul seinen "Beatle-Bass" auf der Bühne.


Jonny Lang's talent belies superlatives. His extraordinary singing and guitar playing stamped him as a once-in-a-generation blues talent. His 1997 debut, "Lie To Me", jumped to the top of the new artist album charts, and critics marveled at the poise and maturity the 16-year-old artist displayed.


Kanadischer Ausnahmegitarrist


The summer of 1969 brought emotional and musical growth to Jimi Hendrix. In playing the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in August 1969, Jimi joined forces with an eclectic ensemble called Gypsy Sun & Rainbows featuring Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Juma Sultan and Jerry Velez. The Woodstock performance was highlighted by the renegade version of "Star Spangled Banner", which brought the mud-soaked audience to a frenzy.


Guitar Player magazine calls him "one of the most lyrical and original guitarists playing today .... his single note solos and melodic figures are so distinctive that it is virtually impossible to mistake them for anyone else’s".


Einer der besten Jazz-Gitarristen aus Europa - Sir Martin Taylor


"The first lead that I ever learned how to play was the first 6 note melody in "Blue Wind" from "Wired". Jeff Beck was my first guitar influence and probably the reason that I make instrumental records."


"Jerry Donahue is the string-bending king of the planet."
- Danny Gatton -


Die schwierige Situation der Musikbranche liest sich auch an solchen Tatsachen ab: Robert Cray, gefeierter Blues-Gitarrist, Gewinner von fünf Grammys, von namhaften Kollegen gecovert und geschätzt, steht nach der Veröffentlichung von "Shoulda Been Home" 2002 plötzlich ohne Plattenvertrag da. Ende 40 und hoffnungslos arbeitslos ? Nicht Cray, der schon in jungen Jahren Durchsetzungsvermögen beweist.


Chester Arthur Burnett was born on June 10, 1910 in West Point, Mississippi. At 13 he moved with his family across the state to Ruleville and began working on the Young and Mara plantation. He became known as a "difficult child" which earned him the nickname "Howlin' Wolf". Five years later, his father bought him a guitar and he began playing for country functions and also "busking" on the streets of small local towns. Whilst continuing to also work on farms in Arkansas, his travels became more far reaching and, during the early 1930's, he met seasoned blues entertainers including Sonny Boy Williamson II and Robert Johnson. Sonny Boy Williamson later became the Wolf's brother-in-law and taught him to play the harmonica. He also met the legendary Charlie Patton and recalls: "It was he who started me off to playing. He took a liking to me, and I asked him would he learn me, and at night, after I'd get off work, I'd go and hang around."


"I love the development of our music, that's what I really dig about the whole thing. How we've tried to develop, you know? It grows. That's why every day people come forward with new songs. Music goes on forever."
- Bob Marley, August 1979 -


Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame


"I remember being fascinated by the fact that he never, ever seemed to be lost in any way. I mean, it wasn't ever that he took a breather or paused to think where he was going to go next. It just flowed out of him."
- Eric Clapton -


If you're already a bluegrass fan, this is the record you've been waiting 15 years for. That's how long it's been since Ricky Skaggs last recorded a bluegrass record. If you're new to bluegrass music, you'll never find a better introduction than "Bluegrass Rules", as Ricky and his band, Kentucky Thunder, bring their red-hot playing, soulful singing and inventive arrangements to some of the greatest songs from the bluegrass tradition.


One of America's most talented guitarists


Deep Purple is not a conformist group. There never was, nor ever will be, any fawning to trends. What you do get from them are cutting edge performances based on a sound philosophy: "the music comes first". That music comes from within the core spirit of the band, nowhere else. They won't be bagged. Why?


Knopfler still a sultan of swing, but on his own terms (Knopfler still choosing love over gold) Mark Knopfler, the soft-spoken, literary songwriter and former leader of Dire Straits, was once a big MTV star. In the mid-80s, his trademark headband and guitar were as familiar to young viewers as Madonna's belly button, Bruce's backside and Prince's bathtub. Yet, those adolescent sultans of swing grew up and, it appears, so has Knopfler, now 53 and the father of twin boys and a girl. He's still popular - but on his own terms.


Eine meiner Lieblings-Bands !


Daniels was born and raised in North Carolina, playing fiddle and guitar in several bands during his teenage years. At the age of 21, he decided to become a professional musician, assembling an instrumental rock'n'roll combo called the Jaguars. The group landed a recording session for Epic Records in 1959 with Bob Johnson, who would later become Columbia Records' leading folk and country producer. The record didn't receive much attention, but the band continued to play and Daniels continued to write songs. One of his originals, "It Hurts Me", was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1963. By the late 60's, it had become clear that the Jaguars weren't going to hit the big time, so Johnson recommended to Daniels that he move to Nashville to become a session musician. Daniels followed the advice and became one of the most popular fiddlers in Nashville. He played on several Bob Dylan albums - Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, New Morning and Dylan - as well as Ringo Starr's 1970 record "Beaucoups of Blues". He also became part of Leonard Cohen's touring band in the late 60's and produced the Youngbloods' Elephant Mountain album around the same time.


Leonard Skinner grew into Lynard Skynard, and then finally, the band settled on Lynyrd Skynyrd.


Best known for: Classic rock trio known for its Texas heritage, bearded, haggard look, reclusive mystique, hard-nosed business tactics and blues-rock sound.


Aptly billed the Southern Rock Allstars, the band's lineup features founding or former members of such hard driving Southern Rock acts as Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet, and The Rossington Band. SRA is an exceptional representation of what makes Southern Rock great! With an unique combination of talent they've carved out their own sound and blazed their own clear-cut path without leaving their roots behind !


1971 machte die Marshall Tucker Band bei einem Auftritt im Vorprogramm von Wet Willie im The Sitar Club in Spartanburg auf Jimmy und Jack Hall dermaßen Eindruck, dass diese zurück in Macon, GA, Phil Walden, den Chef von Capricorn Records, an dessen Label sie vertraglich gebunden waren, auf die Band aufmerksam machten. Die Band nahm für 500 $ in den Mark V Studios in Greenville ein Demo auf, und dann machten sich die Caldwell Brüder auf nach Macon. Phil Walden ließ sich nach einigem Hin und Her erweichen, sich die Band persönlich anzuhören und buchte die Band für einen Showcase in der Grant's Lounge. Als er am betreffenden Abend verspätet auftauchte, war die Band gerade für den 2. Set auf die Bühne gegangen, den 1. Set hatte Phil Walden gänzlich verpasst ! Dennoch war er von diesem 2. Set beeindruckt genug, um der Band einen langfristigen Plattenvertrag anzubieten, den die Gruppe kurze Zeit später auch unterschrieb.


Selecting the material for a "Best Of" compilation of any artist's work can be trying, to say the least. But for an artist the stature of John Hiatt, whose numerous "best" songs have been covered countless times and whose own recordings have become classic, well, narrowing them down to a single album would seem to be an impossible undertaking. But it would be hard to challenge the 17 song choices on The Best Of John Hiatt. Such titles as "Cry Love", "Slow Turning", "Drive South", "Angel Eyes" and "Thing Called Love" - which are included - are truly representative of one of the most significant and valued song catalogs in contemporary rock music, though many of Hiatt's songs, and many of those showcased here, have crossed over into virtually all genres of pop music. Indeed, Hiatt's copyrights have been covered by the varied and stellar likes of Bob Dylan, Jewel, Paula Abdul, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Healy, Don Dixon, Rodney Crowell, Roseanne Cash, Iggy Pop, Willie Nelson, John Doe, Mitch Ryder, Desert Rose Band, Dave Edmunds and Linda Ronstadt. And while he has said that he doesn't consider himself a professional songwriter, Hiatt has been rewarded by that profession with Grammy nominations, as well as the artist songwriter of the year citation presented at last year's Nashville Music Awards in recognition of his extraordinary achievements, both as artist and songwriter.


Since returning to the recording scene in 1991 after a 10-year hiatus, Buddy Guy has become one of the most exciting and prolific artists in contemporary blues. Such rock royalty as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones have hailed him as one of the world's greatest guitarists and performers. Over the course of a remarkable recording career, which spans over three decades, Buddy's albums have sold millions.  


Herbert Grönemeyer (Jahrgang 1956) betätigte sich von Jugend an als Komponist, Texter, Schauspieler und Sänger und brachte es nach Jahren fleißiger Arbeit zu einem der erfolgreichsten deutschsprachigen Musiker. Nachdem er sich zu Anfang der achtziger Jahre als Theater- und Filmschauspieler etabliert hatte, gelang ihm 1984 auch in musikalischer Hinsicht der lang ersehnte nationale Durchbruch. Mit seinem frühen Erfolgswerk "4630 Bochum", einer Hommage an seine Heimatstadt, und insbesondere seinem Hit "Männer", der laut "Spiegel" heimlichen deutschen Nationalhymne, sang und spielte er sich in die Herzen seiner Landsleute. Grönemeyer, der ironischerweise seine Musik für viel wichtiger als seine Texte erachtete, sorgte mit dieser Platte fast im Alleingang dafür, dass die deutsche Sprache in Verbindung mit Rockmusik von der Musikindustrie erstmals ernst genommen wurde, und machte somit den Weg frei für jüngere Musiker, die nicht mehr englisch oder unsinnig-belangloses Deutsch singen wollten, sondern sich emotional und kritisch ernsthaften Inhalten widmeten. Für diese Art von Liedtexten hatten Kritiker schnell das Etikett "Betroffenheitslyrik" zur Hand, doch der Siegeszug der neuen Form war unaufhaltsam, was sich nicht zuletzt in den Verkaufszahlen von Grönemeyers Platten widerspiegelte: Sein 1998 erschienenes Werk "Bleibt alles anders" fand über 10 Millionen Abnehmer.


"Zevon intends to finish that last record. "There's no room in the human psyche, he insists, for hearing Ry Cooder play his licks on your song, then worry about what might happen in six weeks. So I'm doing fine.""
- David Fricke (Rolling Stone, November 5, 2002) -


Springsteen was born in Freehold, New Jersey, on September 23, 1949. He grew up in a "normal middle class family" and first started playing around with the guitar in High School. After graduating from High School, he moved to New York to try and break into the folk music scene. After getting nowhere on this front, he returned, be it reluctantly, to Asbury Park, NJ, and hooked up with a number of bands. With brief stints with such bands as Rogues and Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, Springsteen found himself a place with the E-Street Band, and with them he remained until 1989. Though, this wouldn't be the last time they would play together.


Schon mehr als zwei Jahrzehnte begeistert Bryan Adams Millionen Fans weltweit nonstop mit Bestseller-Songs und vehementen Live-Auftritten. Nach über vier Jahren erschien Ende September das lang herbeigesehnte neue Studioalbum "Room Service", das größtenteils auf Tourneen in Hotels rund um den Globus geschrieben wurde. Parallel hierzu kündigt Bryan Adams seine neue Deutschlandtournee an. Ende November bis Anfang Dezember präsentiert der kanadische Wirbelwind seine einzigartige Rockhit-Kollektion. Während seine Hitsongs stets die internationalen Charts dominierten, zog er die Massen mit absoluter Natürlichkeit und überschäumender Spielfreude in seinen Bann. Auch im dritten Jahrzehnt seiner beispiellosen Karriere bleibt er der glaubwürdige Rock'n'Roller, dessen Beliebtheit nicht von Moden und Trends abhängig ist.


Over the course of three decades, Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate, moving songs in popular music. With classic albums like Late For The Sky, The Pretender, Running On Empty, and For Everyman and songs like "Doctor My Eyes", "The Pretender" and "Lives In The Balance" he has defined a genre of songwriting that is charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Along the way, he has sold over 15 million albums and touched the hearts and minds of countless fans worldwide.


It's a principle that's at the heart of one of the best, most enduring and original musical partnerships of our time. The music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young is something unique and distinct from its individual creative components. It's a sound instantly recognizable and eternally fresh, a perfect balance between familiarity and surprise. It is the basis of a partnership that has lasted, in one form or another, for thirty years and is the impetus for looking forward, the aptly titled new album from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on Reprise Records, and their first studio venture together in over a decade.


"Splendid ! A touch of Raymond Carver, a hint of Sherwood Anderson, as full of crazy, honest life as anything Neil Young has done."
-  A. O. Scott, New York Times -  


James started writing music in the mid 1960's as a student at a New England boarding school, far removed from his family and friends in the Piedmont Hills of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After early episodes of depression and restlessness, James decided to pursue his own path as a songwriter and musician, moving to New York City joining a band. Subsequently moving to London to further his career, James was introduced to Paul McCartney by his soon to be producer/manager, Peter Asher, and signed to the Beatles' Apple record label. Although Taylor's 1968 self-titled debut was critically well received, offering the future classics "Carolina In My Mind" and "Something In The Way She Moves," Apple records suffered from poor financial management and soon went bankrupt.


Born Carole Klein in Brooklyn, by her teens Carole King was heading into Manhattan after school to sell her songs on Tin Pan Alley. She cut a few singles in the late 50's and early 60's, but first made a name for herself as a songwriter, working with lyricist/husband Gerry Goffin: they cranked out hits for a plethora of acts and even turned their babysitter into a recording star when they wrote "Locomotion" for Little Eva. They also managed to stir up some controversy with "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)", a look at domestic violence that no one was ready for recently covered.


The Beach Boys are unjustly forgotten. Their mid-60's hits have become a part of our collective unconscious, but the author of those magic A-sides - Brian Wilson - is an obscure figure, remembered more for his mental illness, drug abuse, and hermit-like existence than for his musical achievements. Meanwhile, Wilson's startling musical progression to the summit of Pet Sounds and "Good Vibrations" is largely ignored, while the parallel development of the Beatles has become the Rosetta stone of 60's music history. Perhaps the Beach Boys themselves are mostly to blame - with Brian unable to continue writing, producing, and performing their music after about 1968, the other band members embarked on a pointless three-decade world tour that dragged the group's reputation down to the level of 50's novelty acts like Sha-Na-Na, and continued pumping out forgettable light rock albums long after they had anything new to say. My advice: grab a copy of Pet Sounds and force yourself to listen to it until its idiosyncratic brilliance sinks in. Then pick up a few other choice examples of Brian's work, as indicated below.


In 1965, Kantner and Balin formed JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, embarking from Balin's San Francisco nightclub The Matrix. With Casady, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, vocalist Signe Anderson and drummer Skip Spence, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE became the first San Francisco rock group to sign a recording contract with a major label. Their first album on RCA, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, was released in 1966. Vocalist Grace Slick joined the AIRPLANE in 1967, bringing with her, the hits "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," anthems that announced the "Summer of Love" and permanently altered the perspective of an entire generation. Both songs hit the Top 10 that year, making JEFFERSON AIRPLANE the most successful rock band in America.


From their beginnings during the summer of 1965 at Venice Beach, California, The Doors were truly a band - a remarkable fusion of creative energies. A lot of attention has been focused on Jim Morrison which his looks and talents clearly justify. However, Jim was well aware that the magic of The Doors could never have happened without the fortunate forging of John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison into a single creative whole. It is no mystery why Jim Morrison never went solo - so sympathetic were the three other musicians to Jim's mission that such a consideration was out of the question. Robby Krieger, for example, was able to write lyrics and music that sounded more like Morrison than Morrison himself, among them "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times" and "Love Her Madly".


From 1967 to 1970, Vanilla Fudge rocked the world with a new sound, influencing a generation of musicians and creating a legion of loyal fans.


Chain Reaction with Steve Tyler play occasional high profile gigs, opening for The Byrds (the County Center in White Plains), The Beach Boys (Iona College) and the last lineup of Yardbirds with Jimmy Page (Staples High School in Connecticut). Chain Reaction and the Jam Band with Joe Perry both play gigs at Sunapee, NH's "The Barn". Tyler witnesses the Jam Band playing Fleetwood Mac's "Rattlesnake Shake". Aerosmith's most vital and (often) most overlooked element was synthesized in this union. The Jam Band's wild, unadulterated improvability was successfully merged with Chain Reaction's tight, disciplined control to produce the furious but steady blast we know as Aerosmith.


The heavy, psychedelic acid rock of Iron Butterfly may seem dated to some today, but the group was one of the first hard-rock bands to receive extensive radio airplay, and their best-known song, the 17-minute epic "In A Gadda Da Vida", established that more extended compositions were viable entries in the radio marketplace paving the way for progressive AOR. The track was written by vocalist, organist and bandleader Doug Ingle, who formed the first incarnation of Iron Butterfly in 1966 in San Diego with drummer Ron Bushy.


“Since it hadn’t been that long since Merle had passed away,” Sam Bush, who appeared at the first festival with New Grass Revival, told the Wilkes Journal-Patriot before a recent concert, “our thoughts that first year were basically centered on wanting to be with the Watson family to celebrate Merle’s life. We had gotten to play with Doc and Merle in the ‘70s and ‘80s, so our concern that first year was about Merle and Doc and RosaLee.”  


Signing a record deal with Rounder Records at age 14, Alison Krauss's first release "Too Late To Cry" came out when she was 16. A Grammy nomination came at 18, and she has gone on to win, collectively & individually, 13 Grammy awards. Since her teens, she has toured with Union Station, though the band membership has changed several times since she joined at the invitation of bassist and songwriter John Pennell.


Heaven for Bluegrassers


On Monday 30 December, following a performance in Guntersville, Alabama (where Rick's last number was Buddy Holly's "Rave On"), Rick, his fiancee, Helen Blair, and five members of The Stone Canyon Band boarded a charter plane to fly to their next venue in Dallas. The plane, once owned by Jerry Lee Lewis, was not in very good condition. After take-off, the pilot radioed that smoke was seeping into the cockpit. He attempted an emergency landing on a highway and all seemed well when the plane landed intact. But it burst into flames on the ground, killing all seven passengers.


Geboren wurde Cat Stevens, mit bürgerlichem Namen Steven Demetri Georgiou, am 21.07.1948 in London. Schon früh widmete er sich der Musik und komponierte und textete eigene Songs. Die englische Plattenfirma Decca wurde auf ihn aufmerksam und bot ihm einen Plattenvertrag. Dort veröffentlichte er bis Ende der 60er Jahre ca. 30 Songs, die jedoch kaum Erfolg verbuchten. Nach stressigen Tourneen wurde er 1968 mit dem Verdacht auf Tuberkulose schwerkrank in ein Krankenhaus eingeliefert. Es sollte das vorläufige Ende seiner 1. Karriere sein.

Sein "2. Leben" begann für Cat Stevens Anfang der siebziger Jahre viel erfolgreicher als vorher. Dazu trugen vor allem seine folkigen Songs bei, die weit über die britischen Grenzen hinaus gesungen und oft interpretiert wurden. Hits wie "Morning has Broken", "Father And Son", "Wild World" und viele andere machten ihn zum gefragten Star. Auch der Film "Harold & Maude", für den Cat Stevens 1971 die Musik schrieb, schob seine Karriere bedeutend an.

Cat Stevens hat es geschafft, Träume, Sehnsüchte, Ängste, Erlebnisse, Probleme, Empfindungen und Erfahrungen gleichermaßen bei Generationen und vielen verschiedenen Schichten von Menschen zu schüren und das auf wundervolle, ehrliche Weise. Seine Lieder oder - sollte man besser sagen - musikalischen Gedichte lassen sich in keine Schublade zwängen oder mit kaum einem anderen Künstler vergleichen, außer vielleicht denen des Griechen Georges Moustaki oder des Italieners Angelo Branduardi, aber eben auch nur annähernd. Seine LPs, vor allem die der 70er Jahre, gaben der Rock- und Popmusik eine völlig neue Dimension. Eine Dimension der Poesie. Natürlich gab es Softrock auch schon vorher und wird es auch weiterhin geben, aber so talentiert und ehrlich interpretiert wie von Cat Stevens findet man ihn selten. Er hatte das Talent, mit allen seinen Titeln seltsam positive Gefühle bei seinen Zuhörern zu erwecken, aber auch auf gesellschaftspolitische Probleme aufmerksam zu machen.

Doch 1978 nach Veröffentlichung seiner Platte "Back To Earth" war plötzlich Schluss. Cat Stevens wechselte seinen Namen, nannte sich ab sofort Yusuf Islam und tauschte seinen christlichen Glauben mit dem islamischen. Schluss aus vorbei mit Ruhm und Ehre.

Nach den Attentaten von New York am 11. September 2001 betrat Stevens alias Yusuf wieder eine Bühne - über 25 Jahre nach seinem letzten öffentlichen Auftritt. Mit einer a-capella-Version von "Peace Train" wolle er zur Hilfe für die Opfer der Attentate beitragen und außerdem zu Verständnis und Akzeptanz zwischen den Religionen aufrufen, erklärte er in einer Pressemitteilung.


Magazin für o. g. Herrschaften


It's been said too many times about too many people, but for once it's true: the Dixie Chicks are one of a kind. Since exploding onto the national country music scene just three years ago, the Texas-by-way-of-Nashville trio has won millions of fans and an avalanche of awards and critical acclaim. Blending bluegrass skills, pop accessibility, rock beats and stone country music with a brash, irreverent attitude, the Chicks have created a fresh new sound that's instantly recognizable and always engaging.


In recent years, Missouri-born Rhonda Vincent has become one of a handful of extraordinary singers whose voices personify the grace, power and poetry of contemporary bluegrass music.


Angesagtes Venue in Nashville, danach kommt nur noch die ....


.... für jeden Country-Mucker das Allergrößte, hier zu spielen.


Auf eindrucksvolle Weise beantwortet Texas-Legende DELBERT McCLINTON die Frage, ob es nicht doch irgendwann langweilig wird, sein Erfolgsmuster stetig zu kopieren und nuanciert wieder aufzulegen - erstens: nein, zweitens: Auf die Nuancen kommt es an! Und die gibt es reichlich auf seinem brandneuen Album Cost Of Living, je nach Zählweise (ohne die diversen Sampler) bereits sein 15. Werk seit den frühen Anfängen als Duo mit Glen Clark in 1972 (Delbert & Glen).

Spätestens mit seiner Grammy-dekorierten CD Nothing Personal von 2001 hat der Meistersänger des weißen R&B ein in sich so dermaßen schlüssiges Konzept gefunden, das all seine vielen Talente und stilistischen Ausrichtungen perfekt unter einen Hut bringt. Nach Room To Breathe (2002) und dem Live-Doppel (2003, alle über Blue Rose) erscheint nun eine weitere Lehrstunde über das Verschmelzen vermeintlich gegensätzlicher Kulturen auf höchstem Niveau! Authentischer Roots'n Blues, ausladender Mason Dixon Line-Rock, Texas Country Folk, rollender Roadhouse Rock, temperamentvolle Uptempo Stomper, schwärmerischer blue-eyed Soul, etwas Border Music und komfortable R&B-Balladen mit ausgewähltem Popfeeling - das ist alles vom Feinsten. Delbert McClinton, etwa das männliche Pendant zu Bonnie Raitt, bleibt seinen musikalischen Vorlieben treu, zeigt sich auf Cost Of Living zu Beginn eher von seiner schwärzeren Seite, um im zweiten Teil stärker die Country-Einflüsse zu favorisieren! Sein langjähriger Freund und Begleiter Gary Nicholson (ebenfalls ja ein sogenannter Musician's Musician und vielverwendeter Songschreiber und Musiker) hat etliche der 12 Tracks mit ihm zusammen komponiert und die Aufnahmen in Nashville co-produziert. Bis auf den Jimmy Reed-Klassiker "I'll Change My Style" stammen die übrigen Nummern ebenfalls aus McClinton's Feder, wurden teilweise in Teamarbeit mit Al Anderson, Tom Hambridge, John Jarvis, Jim "Midnight Train To Memphis" Weatherly, Russell Smith (Amazing Rhythm Aces) oder seinem alten Partner Glen Clark geschrieben.

Während der Maestro selber mit viel Stimme, etwas Gitarre und - leider viel zu selten - an der Blues Harp besticht, spielt seine hörbar eingeschworene Liveband auch im Studio einen runden Set und überzeugt durch Teamwork und gezielte Soli: Rob McNelley (Allison Moorer, Scott Miller) an der elektrischen Gitarre und Kevin McKendree (Tom Principato, Lee Roy Parnell, Tinsley Ellis) an den Tasten, dazu die Rhythm Section Spencer Campbell (Bass, s.a. Elizabeth Cook, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina) und Drummer Lynn Williams (Parnell, Danny Flowers, Flaco Jimenez) sowie die Bläser Steve Mackay und Don Wise. Hochkarätige Backingsänger wie Bekka Bramlett, Russell Smith, Jeffrey Steele und Crystal Taliefero sowie die bekannten Instrumentalspezialisten Jim Hoke, Stuart Duncan, James Pennebaker, Al Anderson veredeln die vorzüglich arrangierten und gespielten Tracks.

Unterm Strich ist also auch Cost Of Living wieder ein formal spannendes, inhaltlich eigenständiges, lebendiges, sehr markantes McClinton-Album und damit bestes Roots-Entertainment geworden!


Man spielt selten ein Stelling Banjo über einen Marshall Amp, aber Hard Rocker wie mein Freund Horst Jabs von den Rolling Drunks schwören auf ihn.

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Building a Better Banjo in Heards, Virginia:
In what was once a one room school house, built on the side of Heard's Mountain in 1900, where sons and daughters of those who worked in the mountainside apple orchards learned their "3 Rs" and minded their "P's and Q's", you will now find a myriad of woodworking equipment, handtools, and supplies suitable for creating the world's finest banjos and other stringed instruments. The young students have long since been replaced by seasoned luthiers who are known around the world as the master craftsmen of Stelling Banjo Works.


Artists like Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Johnny Rivers, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Jennifer Warnes, John Prine and Jesse Winchester have used Herb's talents in the past, and in all probability will continue to do so. From Carnegie Hall to the Ryman auditorium, Herb's been on the scene enjoying every minute of it.


Credited as the original purveyors of archetypal, college-oriented Jangle Pop, R.E.M. have released more than a dozen albums of genuine quality over the course of their ongoing career. Having arguably penned some of the most memorable songs in '80s and '90s Alternative Pop, gems like "Radio Free Europe," "These Days," and "It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" are, to many, legendary mantras rather than mere pop songs. Still, Michael Stipe's warm, tattered mumbling, Peter Buck's Byrds-inspired, jangling hooks, Bill Berry's ham-fisted timekeeping, and Mike Mills' perfect harmonies in fact created a crisp, melodic pop sound that remains timelessly in contrast to the stylish flavors of the month ushered in and out of the spotlight since they bowed their debut single in 1981.


Made in USA


Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly, Psychobilly stuff


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"Stray Cat Strut"


Jet are steeped in rock folklore. Like The Kinks, AC/DC and Oasis before them - all major influences - they feature two photogenic brothers (Nic and Chris Cester). Their name is on loan from Paul McCartney's frazzled post-Beatles peak from 1973, whilst their debut E.P. "Dirty Sweet" (Rubber Records) took it's name from T-Rex, sported The Stones' lips-logo on the sleeve and in acoustic highlight "Move On" had the song The Faces were too hungover to write. But then that's what happens if the first album you ever heard was "Abbey Road".


Good bass guitars ....


.... and amps


Also not bad


"Tiger By The Tail"


Songwriter und Country-Poet, ist seit einem halben Jahrhundert eine Legende, der Outlaw überhaupt.


Noch ein Outlaw aus Luckenbach, TX


"In South Carolina there are many tall pines,
I remember the oak tree that we used to climb.
But now when I'm lonesome, I always pretend
That I'm getting the feel of hickory wind."


Emmylou Harris is truly a modern innovator. For over 30 years, Emmylou has flowed effortlessly between genres achieving popularity in pop, folk, country and now alternative. The common bridge is an exquisite vocal style and a gift for discovering the heart of a song.


Over four decades have passed since fans first heard the raw, emotional, heart-on-his-sleeve delivery that is instantly identifiable as George Jones. Born in Sarasota, in east Texas, he had sung for tips on the streets of nearby Beaumont and worked the local honky tonk circuit. In 1955, the 24-year-old, twice-married ex-marine was on a recording session for Starday Records when producer Pappy Dailey suggested he quit singing like his idols, Lefty Frizzell, Roy Acuff and Hank Williams, and try to sing like George Jones. The result was "Why Baby Why", his first Top Five hit.


In the whole world of American popular music only Conway Twitty has had 55 number one records. The Beatles didn't do it. Elvis didn't do it. Frank Sinatra didn't do it. Conway's 55th hit went to number one on the charts as recently as December 1999 - "Crazy in Love".


Johnny Cash Dead At 71
Legendary 'Man in Black' succumbs to diabetes complications in Nashville.
September 12th, 2003

Country music legend Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black," died Friday morning at age 71 of respiratory failure, just three days after being discharged from Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, following a bout of pancreatitis.
"Johnny died due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure," manager Lou Robin said in a statement.
A hard-living rebel who nevertheless won widespread acclaim for his music, Cash was a solitary figure in pop culture: a devoutly religious man who wrote tales of vengeful murder and mayhem, and a lifelong radical with a rock and roll heart who never had time for the polite country music establishment.
The author of more than 400 songs, yielding 100 top-40 country hits as well as dozens of crossover pop hits, Cash was the multifaceted voice of the American experience. He spoke for the condemned man and his redeemer, the downtrodden coal miner, the hopeless romantic, the junkie and the righteous man.
With songs that often relied solely on his imposing baritone voice and spare, percussive acoustic guitar, Cash blurred the line between country and rock, running afoul of the Nashville orthodoxy with his dangerous, rebellious spirit and teaching generations of rockers about the importance of emotional honesty in storytelling. From his second single, 1956's "Folsom Prison Blues," Cash displayed a dark edge that was hard to match in country or rock, growling in his famous, deep-thunder deadpan, "I shot a man in Reno/ Just to watch him die."
It was that signature mix of outlaw spirit and religious conviction that helped make Cash a towering influence spanning generations and genres, from country to punk, rock to folk and gospel, the '50s to the '00s. Cash was a ragged example of the power of music to cross boundaries, winning young recruits over the past decade via his Rick Rubin-produced series of albums, which introduced Cash's booming voice to a new generation of fans. Manager Robin said Thursday that 11-time Grammy winner Cash had been planning to fly to Los Angeles next week to complete work on his follow-up to 2002's American IV: The Man Comes Around.
Though he was too ill to attend, Cash's legend loomed large at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, as the haunting video for his cover of the Nine Inch Nails song "Hurt" was nominated for six Moonmen, winning one for Best Cinematography.
Cash had been in poor health for several years and suffered from the nervous-system disease autonomic neuropathy, which rendered him susceptible to respiratory disorders and required frequent stays in the hospital for bouts of pneumonia.
His wife of more than 30 years, country singer June Carter Cash, died in May at age 73 of complications from heart surgery.
Before he became known as the Man in Black, before he recorded such legendary songs as "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Ring of Fire," before he was the first person inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash was just John R. Cash.
Born February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, Cash was one of six children born to Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash. As a child, Cash worked in the cotton fields alongside his parents and siblings, learning folk songs and hymns from his mother. After graduating high school, he left Arkansas for a job at an automotive plant in Detroit. His restless spirit moving him on, Cash joined the Air Force at the outset of the Korean War and was shipped out to Landsberg, Germany. It was there that he purchased his first guitar and began writing songs out of boredom, putting together his first band, the Landsberg Barbarians.
Cash was discharged in 1954 and married his first wife, Vivian Liberto, with whom he settled in Memphis. He worked as an appliance salesman by day and played in a country trio by night, taking odd jobs as he attempted to break into the music business. His moonlighting paid off later that year when he landed an audition as a solo artist for Sun Records founder Sam Phillips. Though Cash had hoped to record a gospel album for Phillips, the man who would soon discover Elvis, Phillips asked Cash to bring him a more commercial song. Phillips booked the young singer into his studio that next spring to record the country tune "Hey Porter." Though that song failed to chart, his Sun follow-up, "Cry Cry Cry," hit #14 on the Billboard top 20 and was followed by top-five country singles such as "So Doggone Lonesome" and "Folsom Prison Blues."
Cash landed his first #1 single in 1955 with "I Walk the Line," which stayed on the charts for 43 weeks and sold more than 2 million copies. He achieved a lifelong dream in 1957 when he was asked to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, where he turned heads by taking the stage dressed all in black, bucking the then-standard country outfit of rhinestone-studded duds. Though Cash would later say the move was more economical than sartorial — black was the only thing he and his band had that matched — the statement was loud and strong: Johnny Cash plays by his own rules.
In 1957 he became the first Sun Records artist to release a full album, Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar. But when the label continued to refuse his request to release a gospel album, or increase his royalties, Cash jumped to Columbia Records in 1958 and released a succession of hit albums over the next 10 years.
He hit pay dirt immediately with the top-five single "All Over Again," and went on to record such iconic country staples as "Don't Take Your Guns to Town," "I Got Stripes" and "Five Feet High and Rising." Cash also finally got to release his gospel album, Hymns by Johnny Cash, in 1959, the first of a series of themed albums he'd release over the next 15 years featuring everything from gospel to children's music, patriotic American songs and odes to native Americans.
Despite the hit singles, his popularity among both folk and country fans and appearances on such mainstream programs as "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show," Cash was falling apart. Playing up to 300 nights a year took its toll on his marriage. And the hard life on the road drove Cash to abuse alcohol and amphetamines to keep up with the relentless pace of recording and performing. The hit singles began to dry up and Cash abandoned his family to move to New York.
He hit the top of the country charts again in 1963 thanks to a song that would become one of his signature tunes, "Ring of Fire." The tale of an all-consuming love was co-written by his frequent touring partner June Carter, the granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter of the Carter Family, the most influential group in country history. His comeback was short-lived, however, as a pill-popping Cash was arrested in El Paso, Texas, in 1965 for trying to sneak amphetamines across the Mexican border in his guitar case. Later that year, after the Grand Ole Opry wouldn't let him perform, Cash kicked out the footlights at the hall, further cementing his outlaw status. The meltdown was followed by an overdose. He and Vivian divorced in 1966 and Cash moved back to Nashville, where a recently divorced Carter helped him kick his drug habit.
He converted to fundamentalist Christianity and he and Carter were married in 1968, beginning a period of intense recording and renewed commercial success courtesy of a pair of gold-selling live albums recorded at Folsom and San Quentin prisons. Cash was given his own network variety show on ABC in 1969, "The Johnny Cash Show," on which the singer booked a wide variety of musical acts, from Bob Dylan to Neil Young, Joni Mitchell to jazz legend Louis Armstrong. By 1969, he became the best-selling artist alive, surpassing even the Beatles.
Forever trapped in limbo between his religious convictions and his untamed heart, Cash continued to hopscotch between recording gospel standards, love songs and tales of deadly revenge, best summed up by a three-CD box set of his music released in 2000 entitled, Love, God, Murder, which paired " 'Cause I Love You" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" with "Orleans Parish Prison," "Cocaine Blues" and "The Long Black Veil."
In 1980, a then 48-year-old Cash became the youngest living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He formed the Highwaymen in 1985 with his pals Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, with whom he released three albums over the next 10 years. With his album sales declining throughout the '80s, Cash found himself at a crossroads by decade's end. Though still a solid concert draw, his commercial prospects dwindled as pop-oriented country artists such as Garth Brooks rose to prominence. Cash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1996.
He signed with producer Rick Rubin's American Recordings label in 1994, releasing the stark collection of acoustic songs American Recordings and winning a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for his mix of originals and covers of songs by Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson, Danzig and Tom Waits. His second American album, 1996's Unchained, featured Cash backed by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, tackling originals and country classics by Jimmie Rodgers and the Louvin Brothers, as well as songs by Soundgarden and Beck. That LP won the Grammy for Best Country Album in 1997. That same year Cash began to cut back his live performances as his health began to fail.
Cash won another Grammy in 2001 for his cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man," from 2000's American III: Solitary Man. His health in a fragile state, Cash continued to record, but rarely performed. He was dealt a harsh blow in May when June died, robbing him of his longtime muse and spiritual companion. Per her request, Cash was back in the studio three days after June's funeral, working on material for his fifth American Recordings album. A five-disc box set featuring three discs of previously unreleased songs recorded by Rubin and Cash as well as a compilation of their best material, tentatively titled Unearthed, is slated for release around Christmas.
Speaking with MTV News' Kurt Loder prior to the VMAs, Cash retained his indomitable spirit and fearless outlook. At peace with his destiny, he refused to the end to let anyone tell him how to walk the line.
"You can't let people delegate to you what you should do when it's coming from way in here," he said, tapping his heart. "I wouldn't let anybody influence me into thinking I was doing the wrong thing by singing about death, hell and drugs. 'Cause I've always done that. And I always will."
Cash said he sensed the end was near, but that, too, was not to be feared. "I expect my life to end pretty soon," he said. "I'm 71 years old. I have great faith, though. I have unshakable faith." Faith, he said, and no regrets.

"I used to," he said. "But I forgave myself. When God forgave me, I figured I'd better do it, too."



Eine Bluegrass-Legende. Er hat Hunderten von Country-Superstars und vielen Jazz- und Blues-Aufnahmen seine wunderbaren Mandolinen-Licks verpasst.


Noch ein super Flat Picker


Er ist der Jimi Hendrix und Charlie Parker der Akustik-Gitarre, fünfmaliger Grammy-Gewinner, Dobro-Picker in Sachen Rock'n'Roll, Jazz, Blues, Celtic, Mainstream Country, Contemporary Classics - Mr. Dobro himself !


Er ist eine Legende unter den Five String Banjo Pickers und ist u. a. mit "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" weltberühmt geworden und hat 2002 mit diesem Song einen Grammy gewonnen zusammen mit einigen anderen Musikern - unter ihnen mein alter Freund Albert Lee.


Ein Urgestein der Bluegrass-Musik


The Pope of Steel Guitar !


We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures and united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.


Vince Gill is the ambassador of country music.


In 2002, Rolling Stone called Bonnaroo “the most ambitious festival of the year.” In 2003, the same publication named it “the American rock festival to end all festivals.”  With aggressive programming and staunch support from the market, the event quickly evolved from its status as the culmination of the jam band movement into a cultural movement of its own. With headliners Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews and Friends, and Bob Dylan,  and over 90 artists and attractions supporting, Bonnaroo 2004 drew 90,000 loyal fans and further critical acclaim. The New York Times noted, “Bonnaroo, in just its third year, has already revolutionized the modern rock festival.” In a special issue of Rolling Stone, Bonnaroo was named one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock’n’roll.


Super Bluegrass Band


Michael Gustorff teaches jazz violin ensembles and mental training at the "ArtEZ Institute of the Arts" (Arnhem, Netherlands) since 1990 and jazz violin ensembles at the "Hochschule für Musik Köln" (Cologne, Germany) since 1992.


"Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"


Calexico is a band from Tucson, Arizona that shares a sun-bleached border with many performers and musical styles. Comprised of two core members, Joey Burns and John Convertino, Calexico became its own entity in 1996 with the release of the Spoke LP. Although that record marked the band's first official output, Joey and John had already been playing together as collaborating members of Arizona mainstays Giant Sand. A wide variety of tours, performances (including the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals) and recording sessions as Calexico and with other artists (Neko Case, Victoria Williams, Richard Buckner), as well as their continuing relationship with Giant Sand, allowed the band the opportunity to develop as artists. Over time, Calexico has featured a revolving cast of musicians and instruments, and the band's sonic growth can be traced through its varied releases.


The band's two main songwriters, Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar, split up in 1994. Each went on to pursue his own musical direction. Farrar founded Son Volt, where he has continued to examine via traditional music the dark, rural mythos, what critic Greil Marcus called "that old, weird America".




Outstanding Texas-Swing / Cajun / Zydeco - Country vom Feinsten ! Ihr "Route 66" ist die beste und bekannteste Version.


Hinreißende Cajun- und Zydeco-Music



Mit Christine Albert bin ich Mitte 80 mit "Duck Stop" durch Europa getourt. Wir hatten eine super Jingle im Swiss TV " DRS " , sind überhaupt in der Schweiz sehr gut angekommen. Sie ist eine tolle Country-Sängerin und -Gitarristin , in Texas sehr bekannt, hat ihre eigene Fernsehshow und ist eine der fleißigsten Songwriter-, Musiker- und Sängerinnen, die ich kenne. Mit dem Gitarristen Chris Gage hat sie nicht nur ihren Ehemann, sondern auch einen Musikpartner der Extraklasse gefunden.


Legend has it that Edith Piaf was born (as Edith Giovanna Gassion) on a Parisian street corner with two policemen attending. This is not a far-fetched idea, however, and may be true. Edith's mother was an alcoholic Italian street singer and part-time prostitute who neglected her for all of two months and then abandoned her to her father. Edith's father, Jean Gassion, was a famous acrobat who hadn't the time nor the skills to nurture an infant. He dropped the child off with his mother, the madam of a bordello, and she raised Edith through the toddler years.


Einer meiner favourite Country Singers


Jimmie Dale Gilmore formed his first group in the late 1960's in Lubbock, Texas, followed in short order by the Hub City Movers. But creative lightning didn't strike until 1971, when he united with Hancock and Ely in The Flatlanders (- the original group also included musical saw player Steve Wesson, string bassist Sylvester Rice and mandolinist Tony Pearson -).


Bela Fleck, wer ihn kennt, weiß, dass man mit einem Five-String-Banjo auch noch etwas anderes als Bluegrass spielen kann. Er ist ein Genius auf diesem Instrument.


"The World's Greatest Bass Player". After leaving Blood, Sweat and Tears, he joined Weather Report where he became world-famous. He totally revolutionized his instrument and left behind an incredibly rich body of work that will stand the test of time. In jazz schools and music conservatories all over the world, his name is spoken by students in the same reverential tones reserved for such gods as Bird and Mozart. Plagued by wild mood swings and the emotional difficulties brought on by diagnosed manic depression, a condition only exacerbated by alcohol and cocaine. Physically beaten, homeless, penniless, and hopelessly out of touch with reality, he met his tragic death in a bar in Miami Florida on September 21, 1987, ten weeks short of his 36th birthday.


Pat Metheny wurde 1954 in der Nähe von Kansas City, Missouri, geboren. Zuerst spielte er mit acht Jahren wie sein älterer Bruder Mike - ebenfalls Berufsmusiker - die Trompete, ehe er 1967 zur Gitarre wechselte. Als Teenager studierte er an und arbeitete bereits für die University of Miami und Bostons Berklee College of Music. Pat schloss sich im Alter von 19 Jahren Gary Burtons Band an, bei der er von 1974 bis 1977 blieb. Auf drei Alben des Vibraphonisten ist er zu hören. Seit seiner ersten eigenen Platte "Bright Size" (1976), im Trio zusammen mit Jaco Pastorious und Bob Moses aufgenommen, gehört Pat Metheny zu den innovativsten Jazz-Musikern und Komponisten, der den Kontakt mit anderen Genres nicht scheut und unter seinen über einem Dutzend Grammies auch einen in der Sparte Rock erhalten hat. Auch in Magazinen wie Downbeat und Jazziz gehört er regelmäßig zu den besten Künstlern in verschiedenen Sparten wie Best Electric Guitar oder Best Jazz Fusion Group. Neben der weltberühmten Pat Metheny Group, zu der u. a. Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby und Paul Wertico gehören, spielte Metheny schon mit Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Gary Burton, Chick Corea und vielen anderen.


Carlos Santana is a jubilant 21st century man.


Born Gordon Matthew Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland. His mother was Audrey, and his father was Ernest. He received his name Sting from his striped sweater in which Gordon Solomon said that he looked like a bee.
Primarily a musician, he worked in the band "The Police" until 1984 after which he went solo. Before his music career, he was a ditch digger, a school-teacher who taught English and was also a soccer coach. He received an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Northumbria University in October 1992, and from Berklee College of Music in May, 1994. He plays on guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica, saxophone and pan-flute, and he gave a name to his bass (Brian). Along with his wife Trudie and a Brazilian Indian, he started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to help save the rainforests.


Es gibt viele Bassisten von Weltklasse, er jedoch ist herausragend wegen seiner Art zu spielen. Für jeden Bassisten ein hörenswertes Muss - er ist ein Bass-Monster ! 

As many of you know, Victor is the bass player of the famous band Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. He is considered, by his peers, to perhaps be the best bass player in the world, and has even won three Grammys ! Victor and I have been friends for several years now. For the past 3 years I’ve helped teach the nature portion of his popular bass/nature camp near Nashville, TN.


Sherwood Ball's vocal credits, both singing and voice-over, include Toyota, Cadillac, Coors, Coca Cola, Poltergeist, Hymn of Asia, Nightmare Before Xmas, Wayne's World, Demolition Man, Lead Vocalist in Opera, "Hymn of Asia", Three Dog Night, Hollywood Rock N' Roll Revue, Jay Graydon Allstars, Gumbo, Biff Baby's Allstars, McDonalds, Nintendo, Starburst, Walmart and Kraft Cheese.


Marcus Miller, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2001, was born in Brooklyn in 1959 and raised in Jamaica, New York. He came from a musical family and was influenced early on by his father, a church organist and choir director, as well as his musical extended family (which included the extraordinary Wynton Kelly, jazz pianist for Miles Davis during the late fifties and early sixties!). He displayed an early affinity for all types of music. By the age of thirteen he was already proficient on the clarinet, piano and bass guitar and had begun composing music. The bass guitar, however, was his love and by the age of fifteen, he was working regularly in New York City with various bands, he's another bass monster.


Archiv aller US Country-Stars


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Worldwide Bass Players in the Internet


Fast jeder Drummer dieser Welt


Falls Ihr Amerika nicht so gut kennt - z. B. "Stupid White Men" mal lesen.


"Sade is one of those very rare artists who is so loved and deeply unique, she cannot be duplicated."
- Edgar Parrish, Adult Dance Magazine -


One of the greatest R&B acts of all time, Earth, Wind & Fire combined soaring vocals, layers of funky rhythms and a positive lyrical outlook to forge an instantly recognizable sound. With the brainchild of Chicago, session drummer Maurice White, the band became one of the most successful groups of the 70's, and its influence continues to be felt in the world of soul.


"Baby Love"




"The Voice" - 1965 hatte Chris Farlowe mit "Out of time" seinen ersten Hit, was seinem Freund Mick Jagger nicht gelang. Chris tourt immer noch mit viel Erfolg durch Europa und ist besser denn je. Ist wieder mit Colosseum im original Lineup unterwegs !


"Man, he is going to revolutionize the way the guitar can be layed."
Stevie Ray Vaughan -


"There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven."


Evolving from the late-60's art-rock movement, Roxy Music had a fascination with fashion, glamour, cinema, pop art and the avant-garde, which separated the band from their contemporaries. Dressed in bizarre but stylish costumes, the group played a defiantly experimental variation of art-rock which vascillated between avant-rock and sleek-pop hooks. During the early 70's, the group was driven by the creative tension between Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno, who each pulled the band in separate directions: Ferry had a fondness for American soul and Beatlesque art-pop, while Eno was intrigued by deconstructing rock with amateurish experimentalism inspired by the Velvet Underground. This incarnation of Roxy Music may have only recorded two albums, but it inspired a legion of imitators - not only the glam-rockers of the early 70's, but art-rockers and new wave pop groups of the late 70's. Following Eno's departure, Roxy Music continued with its arty inclinations for a few albums before gradually working in elements of disco and soul. Within a few years, the group had developed a sophisticated, seductive soul-pop that relied on Ferry's stylish crooning. By the early 80's, the group had developed into a vehicle for Ferry, so it was no surprise that he disbanded the group at the height of its commercial success in the early 80's to pursue a solo career.


Gary Brooker explains, "we didn't invent it, our manager at the time phoned up and said he'd found a name. We said, "what is it?" "Procol Harum," "oh, great." And it sounds like us, in fact, sounds like what we sound like, so that was that. He didn't just pluck it out of the air, it was the name of a Pedigree name of a cat of a friend of his. And of course everyone went, "What does it mean? What does it mean?" We didn't know it, so we had to find out. We did find out that we actually had got the name wrong over the telephone, we spelt it wrong. But in Latin, the cat's name was "Procul" with an "u" and "Harun" with a "n" on the end, and it meant "beyond these things" in Latin. We got round to saying that Procol Harum in fact meant "beyond these things", which was a nice coincidence."


"His battered Strat said all he had to say to the world."
- Roger Glover (bass player, Deep Purple) -


Blackmore is probably the single most accomplished player in rock and roll. His technique and proficiency are trademarks, but what has made him so successful is a complete understanding and mastery of the blues and its place in rock music.


Former Yes members Trevor Rabin and Geoff Downes joined Alan, Chris and Steve, performing "Cinema" and "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (the latter featuring the extended intro from "Make it Easy" as the band performed it live in the 1980's). Their performance closed the first half. In addition, Alan performed with other acts on the bill including Art of Noise and Seal, and Steve joined Frankie Goes to Hollywood on "Welcome to the Pleasure Dome". Steve says the event was "a great evening, a great performance with beautiful big sound, possibly at first for performers paying tribute to their producer." A DVD of the event may be released early next year.


Graham Bond Throughout his career Bond made no attempt to become a major commercial property, he always seemed more interested in making music to please himself, and in pioneering new sounds. Originally a jazz Alto saxophonist (he was voted "Britain's New Jazz Star" in 1961) he became one of the first musicians to use a mellotron, in 1964.

He joined Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated in '62 and then formed his own group, The Graham Bond Trio, the following year. The Trio consisted of Bond (by this time concentrating on playing the organ) and two future members of Cream, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, both of whom he had met during his stint with Korner. They expanded to a quartet with the addition of guitarist John McLaughlin. This line-up quickly became favourites around the clubs of London.

McLaughlin left the band in late '63 and Bond, typically, replaced his guitarist with saxophonist, Heckstall-Smith. It was at this point that they became The Organisation. They played a jazz-influenced form of R'n'B and released several singles and an album over the next two years mixing imaginative cover versions with their own original material.

The band fell apart in 1966 when Bruce and Baker left to join Eric Clapton in Cream. Bond tried to carry on with Heckstall-Smith and drummer Jon Hiseman, but never recaptured the heights of his earlier work. In the late '60's Bond went to America for a year before returning to London where he worked with several bands including Ginger Baker's Airforce.

Graham Bond committed suicide in 1974 when he threw himself into the path of a London Underground train.

 
Graham Bond- organ/alto sax/vocals (born 1937, Romford, Kent, died May 8th 1974) John McLaughlin - guitar (born January 4th 1842, Yorkshire) Dick Heckstall-Smith - saxophone (born September 26th 1934, Ludlow) Jack Bruce - bass guitar (born May 14th 1943, Glasgow) Ginger Baker - drums (born Peter Baker, August 19th 1939, London)


Do you think he has a sustaining quality as a guitarist?

He's always had that technique right from when I first knew him when he was working in a guitar shop. I would say he was the best jazz guitarist in England then, in the traditional mode of jazz stylist Johnny Smith and Tal Farlow, a combination of those two is exactly what he sounded like. He was easily the best guitarist in England and he was working in a guitar shop. And that's what I say – you hear so many good people around under those conditions. I'll tell you one thing, I don't know one musician who's stuck to his guns, who was good in the early days, that hasn't come through now with recognition from everybody. British pop/rock guitarist Albert Lee and all these people, that seem to be like white elephants, got recognition. I think he's really good, bloody brilliant. He's got one of those string benders, too, but I haven't heard him in ages. But I know, that everytime I've heard him, he's bloody better and better.

- Jimmy Page, Interwiew Steve Rosen, Guitar Player Magazine July 1977 -


53 Jahre und kein bisschen leise. Als Ire erblickt Robert Wiliam Gary Moore 1952 in Belfast das Licht der Welt. Schon in jungen Jahren kaum von der Gitarre zu trennen, erweitert Gary bereits frühzeitig seinen Horizont als Gitarrero der Band Skid Row. Nach vierjährigem Gastspiel verlässt er die Band und heuert bei Thin Lizzy an. Kurz aber knapp – 1975 wird Gary Moore Mitglied bei Colosseum II. Auf Solopfaden wandelt und präsentiert er sich dann erstmals 1978 mit dem Album "Back On The Streets" und der Hitsingle "Parisienne Walkways" der breiten Masse; bereits 1973 veröffentlichte er "Grinding Stone" – das Album kam allerdings nicht in die Gänge. Es vergehen ein paar Jahre. Gary Moore tourt solo und hier und da mit anderen Projekten. Ab 1982 veröffentlicht Gary regelmäßig Album um Album, alle mehr oder weniger vom Hardrock geprägt und beeinflusst. 1989 wandelt er seinen Musikstil und wendet sich in allen Facetten dem Blues zu. Sein größter Erfolg, 1990 "Still Got The Blues" mit gleichnamiger Hitsingleauskopplung. Ein weitere Meilenstein in der Bio Gary Moores – 1994 das Projekt BBM mit Jake Bruce und Ginger Baker. Etwas mehr Pop, Rock und ein Hauch Blues entfaltet Gary dann 1997 auf "Dark Days In Paradise" und 1999 "A Different Beat". Ein erneuter Wechsel ins Hardrock-Fach dann im Jahre 2002. Mit Cass Lewis (Bass) und Darrin Mooney (Drums) geht’s richtig knallig zur Sache – sperriger, Heavy Rock nicht von schlechten Eltern.



"I'll see you on the dark side of the moon."


One of the best and most commercially successful pop/rock acts of the British Invasion. When the Hollies began recording in 1963, they relied heavily upon the R&B/early rock'n'roll covers that provided the staple diet for countless British bands of the time. They quickly developed a more distinctive style of three-part harmonies (heavily influenced by the Everly Brothers).


Broken Promises...
Broken Treaties...
The Broken Hearts of
America's First People...
Now You Can Help Mend
the Wounds...


Joan Baez was born in Staten Island, New York. Her father was a physicist, born in Mexico, and her mother of Scottish and English descent. She grew up in New York and California, and when her father took a faculty position in Massachusetts, she attended Boston University and began to sing in coffeehouses and small clubs. Bob Gibson invited her to attend the 1959 Newport Folk Festival where she was a hit. Vanguard Records signed Baez and in 1960 her first album "Joan Baez" came out. Baez was known for her soprano voice, her haunting songs, and, until she cut it in 1968, her long black hair. Early in her career she performed with Bob Dylan, and they toured together in the 1970s.


1992 kam aus den USA eine Soundexplosion, wie sie die Welt vorher noch nicht gehört hatte. Mit einer gehörigen Portion Wut im Bauch traten die vier aus Los Angeles an, um gegen das Establishment zu brüllen. Zuerst noch als Support für Suicidal Tendencies engagiert, konnten sie selbst kurze Zeit später die größten Hallen füllen. Der Sound der Buben schien den Nerv der Zeit getroffen zu haben.


In den 70ern erschütterte eine Revolte die Musikszene, wie es sie davor noch nicht gegeben hatte - die Sex Pistols traten auf den Plan. Vier britische Bengel schickten sich an, dem gesamten Establishment den blanken Hintern zu zeigen. Was damals mit dem Slogan "No Future" begann, setzte sich in den 90er Jahren mit den Erben fort.


Raitt got her start in the folk clubs of Cambridge, Mass., in the 1960's, playing Country Blues and bottleneck guitar. She learned directly from many of her heroes, such as Fred McDowell and Sippie Wallace, working as a combination chauffeur/babysitter to them when they passed through town on tour. Raitt got her own record deal in the 1970's and developed a large and devoted following with her beautiful, soulful singing and spot-on slide guitar prowess. Although Raitt is a songwriter, she's always had a great ear for others' material, making John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery" virtually her own. In the late 1980's, Raitt made a record with producer Don Was that completely reignited what was a flagging career. The presciently titled Nick of Time won a slew of Grammy Awards and sold millions. In typically cool fashion, Raitt took blues pioneer Charles Brown and a group of other veteran performers on the road with her, spreading the wealth of her newfound success.


Born in Chicago and raised in Woodbury, New Jersey, just across the state line from Philadelphia, Patti's mother, Beverly, was a jazz singer cum waitress. Her father, Grant, worked at the Honeywell plant; she was the oldest of four siblings: her sisters Linda and Kimberly (the latter plays mandolin on Gone Again's "Ravens,"), and brother Todd. Unable to find her place in high school society, she took refuge in the images of Rimbaud, Bob Dylan, James Brown, and the Rolling Stones. Dropping out of Glassboro State Teacher's College, she headed for the bright lights - big city of New York.

When she arrived in town, she met an art student named Robert Mapplethorpe and they moved in together. Patti found a job as a bookstore clerk at the Strand and Scribner's. In 1969, she traveled to Paris with her sister Linda, working on the street as a performance artist, and making her first forays into the visual arts. Returning to New York as the seventies got underway, she rebounded between the back room at Max's Kansas City and the Hotel Chelsea. Encouraged by such as Dylan cohort Bobby Neuwirth and blues virtuoso Johnny Winter, Patti made a name for herself in underground theatre (starring in such plays as Jackie Curtis' Vain Victory at the Cafe La Mama), and collaborating with the playwright Sam Shepherd, with whom she co-authored Cowboy Mouth. She was also writing poetry.


30 Jahre Motörhead und kein bisschen leise! Motörhead sind die ultimative Rock'n'Roll-Band. Seit 30 Jahren fahren Lemmy & Co. mit durchgedrücktem Gaspedal auf der Überholspur, und sie haben nicht in einem einzigen Jahr Ermüdungserscheinungen gezeigt. Lemmy wird an Heiligabend dieses Jahres seinen 60. Geburtstag feiern. Die Hälfte seines wilden Lebens hat er mit Motörhead on the road verbracht. Es gibt wohl keine Grossstadt auf diesem Planeten, in der er mit seinen Jungs noch nicht die Bars leer getrunken und die örtlichen Dezibelrekorde gebrochen hat. Nicht umsonst gilt die in den Achtzigern lauteste Band der Welt auch heute noch zu den kompromisslosesten Vertretern des harten Rocksektors. Anders gesagt: Das viel bemühte Attribut 'Kult' passt auf kaum eine andere Combo so gut wie auf Motörhead.


Ich war damals wahrscheinlich der einzige Mensch in ganz Woodstock, der keine Drogen nahm. Daher kann ich mich auch noch ganz genau an alles erinnern, obwohl ich sagen muss, das ich vor lauter Aufregung während meines Auftritts wie neben mir stand   als hätte mein Bewusstsein in diesem Moment meinen Körper verlassen. Die schönste Erinnerung an Woodstock ist diese positive Energie, die mir aus den vielen Menschen entgegen strömte. Woodstock hat mir vollkommen die Angstgenommen, vor großem Publikum aufzutreten.
Vor Woodstock hatte ich Auftritte vor höchstens 500 Besuchern absolviert, nun begann meine wirklich große Zeit. Ich wurde mit einem Hubschrauber zum Festivalgelände geflogen, unter uns sah ich eine riesige, sich bewegende Masse, die man kaum als Menschen erkennen konnte. Ich dachte, dass kann doch nicht war sein. Wenn ich an Woodstock zurückdenke, dann ohne den Zynismus vieler anderer Künstler. Woodstock war weitaus mehr als nur Sex, Drogen und Rock’n Roll, Es war das geistige Erwachen einer Generation.
Man führte spirituelle und philosophische Gespräche, man entdeckte neue Werte und wiederentdeckte Alte. Man wurde sich bewusst, was das eigentlich wichtige im Leben sei.
Ich glaube allerdings, dass der Drogenkonsum von damals dieses Wiedererwachen gelähmt hat. Drogen bringen einen Rausch, aber keine Antworten, keine Problemlösungen.
Den Song „Lay down“ habe ich kurz nach Woodstock geschrieben. Er beinhaltet meine spontanen Gefühle und Erinnerungen an dieses Festival. Dieser Song spiegelt den Geist von Woodstock wieder.
 


"Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz?"


"Ich habe ständig starke Gefühle. Jeden Tag, jeden Moment andere. Und Musik ist für mich das Ticket, sie zu transformieren", sagt der New-Age-Komponist Kitaro.


The daughter of a nurse mother and a livestock trader father, songstress Loreena McKennitt studied classical piano and vocal training and learned to dance in the Highland style as a youngster. Her love of traditional music was strengthened in the folk clubs of Winnipeg, which she frequented during the brief period she studied veterinary science at the University of Manitoba. Relocating to Stratford, Ontario, she continued to sharpen her skills as a composer and performer. In 1981, she auditioned for a role in the city's Stratford Festival Of Canada. Although she did not get the role, she remained inspired. After reading Diane Sward Rapaport's book How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording, she formed her own label, Quinlan Road. After releasing two albums; a nine-song cassette, Elemental, in 1985; and a collection of Christmas tunes, To Drive the Cold Winter Away, in 1987, she had her first breakthrough with her 1989 album, Parallel Dreams. Distributed through a network of small, independent distributors, the album sold more than 40 thousand copies within four months. Its success was surpassed by McKennitt's fourth album, The Visit. Distributed by Warner Canada, the album sold over 600,000 copies (six times platinum) in Canada and received a Juno (Canada's equivalent of the Grammy) award, as did McKennitt's next recording, The Mask and Mirror, in 1994.
While her albums have featured soothing, ultra-melodic, arrangements, McKennitt's lyrics have reflected her interests in the poetry of W.B. Yeats, William Blake, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Her unique musical approach was addressed by her lighting director, Tracey Ploss, who explained, "When you get used to pop artists, the songs are mainly verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo. With McKennitt, it's prologue-bridge-verse. You've got all these segues at different parts of the song."
McKennitt's music has been heard on the soundtracks of numerous plays and films. In 1989, she was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to compose the music for a film series, Woman and Spirituality. Her subsequent commissions include such films as Jade, Highlander III, Disney's the Santa Clause, and TV shows, including Northern Exposure, Due South, and EZ Streets.
In 1998, McKennitt scored her biggest hit with "The Mummers' Dance." She became a hit in America, allowing the The Book of Secrets to sell more than four million copies. Sadly, her world crumbled that July when her fiancé, Ronald Rees, died while on a sailing trip with his brother and a family friend in Georgian Bay. Everything immediately stopped in order for McKennitt to grieve. Rumors of her retirement also circulated.
At the time of her fiancé's death, McKennitt was mixing a new album, Live in Paris and Toronto, at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios. Recorded in Salle Pleyel in Paris and Massey Hall in Toronto during the Spring of 1998, the album was released in 1999. All profits from the album have gone to the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund, which McKennitt set up to finance water safety initiatives and education across Canada.
During the new millennium, McKennitt allowed herself some healing time. She didn't disappear from music altogether, however, and worked with a number of local and national charities. Her Spanish version of "Dante's Prayer" was featured in the Canadian/Venezuelan feature film A House With a View of the Sea in 2001. In 2002 she headlined a concert in Winnipeg for Queen Elizabeth and, in 2003, received the Order of Canada. Two years later, McKennitt began work on her seventh studio album.
- Craig Harris, All Music Guide -


The story of our hero has humble beginnings, the small North Carolina town of Jacksonville (pop. 30,000). On Bonfire night 1974, David Ryan Adams saw the world for the first time, coincidentally one year to the day that musical hero and influence Gram Parsons closed his eyes for the very last time. These bleak and remote surroundings seem hardly the kind where a future rock'n'roller would grow up however from the day he discovered a copy of the Smiths "Hatful of hollow" that is exactly what he was destined to be. Ryan's first instrument was the drums, and this was his first step on the path as he joined his first band, Blank Label. After obtaining his first guitar, a Les Paul look-alike by all accounts, Ryan was already writing his own songs. His own reasoning behind his hobby was that "if you cant get hold of drugs or sex you had to do something !"


During the early- and mid-'70s, Wishbone Ash were among England's most popular hard rock acts.


Jethro Tull was a unique phenomenon in popular music history. Their mix of hard rock, folk melodies, blues licks, surreal, impossibly dense lyrics, and overall profundity defied easy analysis, but that didn't dissuade fans from giving them 11 gold and five platinum albums. At the same time, critics rarely took them seriously, and they were off the cutting edge of popular music since the end of the 1970's.


The best British folk-rock band of the late '60s, Fairport Convention did more than any other act to develop a truly British variation on the folk-rock prototype by drawing upon traditional material and styles indigenous to the British Isles. While the revved-up renditions of traditional British folk tunes drew the most critical attention, the group members were also (at least at the outset) talented songwriters as well as interpreters. They were comfortable with conventional harmony-based folk-rock as well as tunes that drew upon more explicitly traditional sources, and boasted some of the best singers and instrumentalists of the day. A revolving door of personnel changes, however, saw the exit of their most distinguished talents, and basically changed the band into a living museum piece after the early '70s, albeit an enjoyable one with integrity.


Fleetwood Mac gehören zu den Dinos im Pop- und Rockbusiness. Gegründet 1968 von Mick Fleetwood (dr) und John McVie (bg) als englische Bluesband, damals noch mit Peter Green (g). Die "Macs" haben nach etlichen Umbesetzungen ihren definitiven Durchbruch 1977 mit dem Album "Rumours" (GB_1/US_1/D_6). Der Sound der Platte, geprägt durch den Gesang von Stevie Nicks und Christine McVie, gilt als ein Meilenstein für gute Popmusik. Auch die Songschreiberqualitäten eines Lindsay Buckingham (g) sollen nicht unerwähnt bleiben ("Go your own way"). 2003 kehrt Lindsay Buckingham, nach 16 Jahren, wieder in das Band-Line-up zurück. Fehlen wird allerdings Christine McVie. Das neue Album heißt "Say you will" und soll die alten Erfolgstage wieder aufleben lassen.


With an ongoing career that spans some four decades and forty albums, John Mayall is revered on both sides of the Atlantic as the "Father of British Blues". Time after time, star performers - most notably Eric Clapton, John McVie, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Mick Taylor - have passed through the ranks of Mayall's band, The Bluesbreakers, before going on to achieve much wider fame elsewhere.


Folk Music Studio Nr. 1 in England


About Schmidt:
This intention of this web site is to give some basic information about the greatest band of the 1980's, The Smiths. The Smiths are, or were, Mike Joyce, Johnny Marr, Stephen Morrissey and Andy Rourke. Within intense 5 years, between 1983 and 1987, The Smiths released almost 20 singles and 7 albums and are recognized by the critics as one of the most significant bands of the 1980's. It is difficult to believe that Morrissey has been a solo artist longer than two lifetimes of The Smiths, but his impact on the music industry declined significantly after 1987.



Mein Freund Tony: In den 80ern trafen wir uns nach Jahren wieder und sind in Europa einschließlich der damaligen DDR getourt mit einer Band, die mit Abstand die beste Tony Sheridan Band war. Wir waren z. B. Ende der 80er in Weimar und Leipzig und haben auf unsere Art ein wenig bei der Wende mitgewirkt. Vom damaligen Jugendsender 11/99 wurde ein Live-Mitschnitt unseres Konzerts in Weimar gesendet. Dort haben wir u. a. "You've got a friend" von James Taylor gespielt, und im Refrain sang das Publikum mit, es klappte nicht so richtig mit dem Text, woraufhin Tony ins Publikum rief: "Ihr würdet auch lieber englisch anstatt russisch lernen !" Unser damaliger Stasi-Begleiter Andreas bekam deswegen viel Ärger mit seinen Vorgesetzten und wurde auf ein Kreuzfahrtschiff nach Kuba verbannt. Anyway, Tony ist ein wunderbarer Sänger und Musiker, eine lebende Legende, er erlebt momentan ein angemessenes Comeback.


Steve Baker gehört zu den einflussreichsten Spielern der heutigen Mundharmonika-Szene. Er spielt professionell seit 25 Jahren und ist in vielen Stilrichtungen zuhause. Dem deutschen Publikum ist er am besten bekannt durch seine Zusammenarbeit mit Hamburg's Blueslegende Abi Wallenstein, dem Ausnahme-Gitarristen Chris Jones oder der beliebten Jugband Have Mercy sowie vielen anderen Blues-Acts wie Tony Sheridan, Louisiana Red, Blues Company oder Black Cat Bone. Als Gegenpol dazu war er von 1979 bis 1991 ständiger Begleiter vom Liedermacher Franz-Josef Degenhardt auf dessen Schallplatten und Tourneen. Auch Stars wie Deutschrocker Achim Reichel oder Kinder-Liedermacher Rolf Zuckowski schätzen sein Können und haben Steve als Special Guest bei Konzerten und Fernseh-Aufzeichnungen eingeladen.


Van Morrison, the unsmiling, jazz-rock artiste who started life as a beefy tearaway fronting the Sixties Belfast pop group Them and metamorphosed into a prolific Irish-American singer of mystic invocations to God and rock 'n' roll, has always wanted to be taken seriously as a poet. For the moment, though, he's having trouble becoming an autobiographer.


From wanna-be music journalist to UK music icon via one of the best British bands of all time, it could only be Morrissey.


Once upon a time in 1969, a young Dutch millionaire by the name of Stanley August Miesegaes gave his acquaintance, vocalist and keyboardist Rick Davies a "genuine opportunity" to form his own band: He could form the band of his dreams, and Miesegaes would pay for it. After placing an ad in Melody Maker, Davies assembled Supertramp. Supertramp released two long-winded progressive rock albums before Miesegaes withdrew his support. With no money or fan base to speak of, the band was forced to redesign their sound. Coming up with a more pop-oriented form of progressive rock, the band had a hit with their third album, "Crime of the Century". Throughout the decade, Supertramp had a number of best-selling albums, culminating in their 1979 masterpiece, "Breakfast in America". "Breakfast in America" marked their first album that tipped the scale completely in the favor of pop songs - on the strength of the hit singles "Goodbye Stranger", "Logical Song" and "Take The Long Way Home" - and it sold over 18 million copies worldwide. After that album, Supertramp continued to develop a more R&B-flavored style. The change in direction was successful on 1982's "Famous Last Words", but they soon ran out of hits. The band continued to sporadically record and tour into the 90's.


"Keine Panik auf der Titanic" - uns Udo


Geburtsjahr: 1978. Ort: Los Angeles. Gründungsmitglieder der Mainstream-Rock-Giganten waren David Paich (Keyboards, Gesang), Steve Lukather (Gitarre, Gesang), Bobby Kimball (Gesang), Steve Porcaro (Keyboards), David Hungate (Bass) und Jeff Porcaro (Schlagzeug).


Am Abend des Jahreswechsels 1973 auf 1974 stand eine Band auf der Bühne, die Musikgeschichte schreiben sollte. AC/DC, so ihr Name, gaben damals im Chequers Club im australischen Sidney ihr Programm aus Rock'n'Roll-Gassenhauern der Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry und den Beatles und einigen Eigenkompositionen zum Besten.


Otto - der Außerfriesische


The final performance by the Beatles took place on a London rooftop on 30 January 1969. Dressed in warm clothes against a wintry breeze the band launched into their last live set with "Get Back". When the performance was over John amused the audience with his comment: "I'd like to say thanks on behalf of the group - and I hope we passed the audition."


Jerry Garcia (b. Jerome John Garcia, 1 August 1942, San Francisco, California, USA, d. 9 August 1995, Forest Knolls, California, USA; lead guitar), Bob Weir (b. Robert Hall, 16 October 1947, San Francisco, California, USA; rhythm guitar),  Phil Lesh (b. Philip Chapman, 15 March 1940, Berkeley, California, USA; bass), Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan (b. 8 September 1945, San Bruno, California, USA. d. 8 March 1973; keyboards) and Bill Kreutzmann (b. 7 April 1946, Palo Alto, California, USA; drums


Wenn es ein Musikerkollektiv gibt, das die Rockmusik nachhaltig geprägt hat, indem es massiven Einfluss auf zahllose Bands ausübte (Sonic Youth, The Smiths, The Strokes, Nirvana), das aber erst lange nach der eigenen Auflösung zu Ruhm und Anerkennung gelangte, dann kann nur The Velvet Underground gemeint sein. Im Band-Oeuvre von fünf Studioalben konzentriert sich die Lobpreisung im Wesentlichen auf das Debutalbum "The Velvet Underground". 


"Guitar Waltz" written by himself


In the chaotic world of rock 'n' roll, in which the lifespan of most bands can be measured in terms of a few years or a few months, John Kay and Steppenwolf have emerged as one of rock's most enduring and respected bands, delivering hard-hitting, personally-charged music for more than three decades.
In the late 1960s, Steppenwolf embodied that era's social, political and philosophical restlessness, building an impressive body of edgy, uncompromising rock 'n' roll that retains its emotional resonance more than three decades after the band's formation. Such Steppenwolf standards as "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," "Rock Me" and "Monster" stand amongst Rock's most indelible anthems. 
At last count, the band's worldwide record sales exceed 25 million units. Its songs remain fixtures on classic-rock radio, and have been licensed for use in approximately 50 motion pictures and an even greater number of television programs. And, in addition to being the first band to use the term "heavy metal" in a song (in "Born to Be Wild"), Steppenwolf's punchy style helped to establish the fundamentals of the hard-rock sound that would flourish in the 1970s.
Steppenwolf's remarkable resilience is largely a reflection of the fierce determination and never-say-die tenacity that's driven Kay for much of his life. He was born Joachim Fritz Krauledat in 1944 in the section of Germany then known as East Prussia. He never knew his father, who was killed fighting in Russia a month before John's birth. When John was less than a year old, he and his mother fled to what would soon become Communist-controlled East Germany. When he was four, they undertook a perilous midnight escape into West Germany.
Growing up in Hannover, West Germany, John was profoundly affected by the American rock 'n' roll he heard on U.S. Armed Forces Radio. Though he didn't speak English at the time, the music's primal energy touched something deep in him, instilling both a driving ideal of personal freedom and an abiding interest in American culture. That vision became a reality in 1958, when the teenager emigrated with his mother and stepfather to Toronto. There, he immersed himself in the rock, R&B, country and gospel music that emanated from late-night U.S. clear-channel AM stations, while learning English from the speed-rapping DJs who dominated the rock 'n' roll airwaves.
 


"Smells like teen spirit"


THE NOGIRLS: gitarrenorientierter Rock des 20. Jahrhunderts
THE NOGIRLS: sechs-, zwölf-, vielseitig
THE NOGIRLS:
plugged und unplugged
THE NOGIRLS: für kleine und große Anlässe
THE NOGIRLS:
das Adams Beatles Creedence der Rockgeschichte
THE NOGIRLS: fühlbar hörbar tanzbar


It all began at Cortez High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Vincent Damon Furnier and four classmates from the track team formed a group called the Earwigs and, several names later, renamed themselves the Alice Cooper Group. They were the world's first shock rockers, with many later groups inspired to adopt the concept. In 1972 Vincent legally changed his own name to Alice Cooper. Although there are different accounts of how this name was selected, I would like to believe the one that attributes his choice to the fact that the name conjures up images of a sweet looking girl hiding a hatchet behind her back.


The ultimate bike, from 1903 until now


Ein Hamburger Urgestein


The Searchers were originally formed in Liverpool in 1960 as a backing group for Johnny Sandon, and took their name from the John Wayne film. The founder members were John McNally, Mike Pender, Tony Jackson and Chris Curtis.


Ein Musiker-Kollege aus Solingen, wo die scharfen Messer herkommen


Interessante Seite, besonders das Archiv


Die beste von allen Revival Bands


Wenn es zur Vergabe des Prädikats "Retro" kommt, dann muss eines klargestellt werden: Verdient haben diese Bezeichnung definitiv die Kings Of Leon. Die vier Burschen aus Tennessee sehen Led Zeppelin nicht nur beängstigend ähnlich, auch die Musik, die die Kings aus ihren Instrumenten schütteln, klingt wie eine Zeitreise in die Siebziger. Überhaupt sind die Kings Of Leon etwas Besonderes: bestehend aus drei Brüdern und einem Cousin sind Caleb Followill (Voice, Guitar), Nathan Followill (Drums), Jared Followill (Bass) und Matthew Followill (Lead Guitar) so etwas wie ein Familienunternehmen, das einem religiösen Background entsprungen ist. Als Söhne eines Wanderpredigers fanden die Gebrüder Followill früh zur Musik. Ihre ersten Konzerte gaben die jungen Musikschaffenden in der Kirche, und wäre ihnen nicht irgendwann eine White-Stripes-Platte in die Hände gefallen, würden sie wohl noch immer ihrer Leidenschaft für zarten Gospel frönen. Aber wer will schon Fans wie Nat Flanders haben ? Mit ihrer Hinwendung zum Rock'n'Roll haben sich die Kings Of Leon auf alle Fälle die Zuneigung von Kultrockern wie Liam Gallagher gesichert, der über die Followill-Gruppe einmal sagte, sie seien seine neue Lieblingsband.


This rock star from Wales, who created the famed Spencer Davis Group in 1963, has close to a dozen top 10 hit songs, including "Gimme Some Lovin", "Somebody Help Me", "I'm A Man" and "Keep On Runnin", helping to bring British rock'n'roll to the rest of the world.


In den USA der angesagte Club, fast in jeder Großstadt, nicht nur Blues !


Oasis shot from obscurity to stardom in 1994, becoming one of Britain's most popular and critically acclaimed bands of the decade; along with Blur and Suede, they are responsible for returning British guitar pop to the top of the charts. Led by guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher, the Manchester quintet adopts the rough, thuggish image of the Stones and the Who, crosses it with "Beatlesque" melodies and hooks, distinctly British lyrical themes and song structures like the Jam and the Kinks, and ties it all together with a massive, loud guitar roar, as well as a defiant sneer that draws equally from the Sex Pistols' rebelliousness and the Stone Roses' cocksure arrogance. Gallagher's songs frequently rework previous hits from T. Rex ("Cigarettes and Alcohol" borrows the riff from "Bang a Gong") to Wham! ("Fade Away" takes the melody from "Freedom"), yet the group always puts the hooks in different settings, updating past hits for a new era. Originally, the group was formed by schoolmates Liam Gallagher (vocals), Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass), and Tony McCaroll (drums). After spending several years as the guitar technician for the Stone Roses-inspired group the Inspiral Carpets, Noel Gallagher returned to Manchester to find that his brother had formed a band. Noel agreed to join the band if he could have complete control of the group, including contributing all the songs; the rest of the band agreed and under the new name Oasis, they began a year of intensive rehearsing.
After playing a handful of small club gigs, the band cornered Alan McGee, the head of Creation Records, and forced him to listen to their demo. Impressed, he signed the band. The group released their first single, "Supersonic," in the spring of 1994; it edged its way into the charts on the back of positive reviews. With a melody adapted from "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing," "Shakermaker" became a bigger hit in the early summer. Released a month before their debut album, the soaring ballad "Live Forever" became a major hit in England. The group's first record, Definitely Maybe, became the fastest-selling debut in British history, entering the charts at number one. Oasis mania continued throughout 1994, as the group began playing larger theaters and each new single outperformed the last. However, tensions in the group began to build -- Liam and Noel refused to do joint interviews because they always fought -- and Noel Gallagher briefly left the band at the end of a difficult fall American tour; he soon re-joined and the band headed back to England. As "Supersonic" began to climb the U.S. album rock and modern rock charts, the non-LP, string-laden "Whatever" hit number two over the British Christmas season.
At the beginning of 1995, the group concentrated on America, promoting the single "Live Forever." The song became a major hit on MTV, album rock, and modern rock radio stations, peaking at number two, and Definitely Maybe went gold in the U.S. Returning to England after a sold-out American tour, the group recorded a new single, "Some Might Say." On the eve of its release, drummer Tony McCaroll parted ways with the band, with Alan White taking his place. "Some Might Say" entered the charts at number one upon its May release; its success led to all of their previous singles re-entering the indie charts. Oasis spent the rest of the summer completing their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, which was released in October of 1995. Upon its release, the album shot to number one in England, becoming the fastest-selling in the U.K. since Michael Jackson's Bad.
Over the course of 1996, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? became the second-biggest British album in history, as Oasis became international phenomenons. On the strength of the single "Wonderwall," Morning Glory became a Top Ten success in America, eventually being certified quintuple platinum; it also reached the Top Ten throughout Europe and Asia. During 1996, the Gallaghers' combative relationship frequently made newspapers and gossip columns, particularly when they suddenly pulled out of their late summer U.S. tour. This followed the group's two concerts at Knebworth, which broke records for being the biggest outdoor concert in England. After Oasis abandoned their American tour, they concentrated on recording their third album. Where their first two albums were quickly recorded, they took several months to record the third, finally completing it in the spring of 1997. The album, Be Here Now, was released in late August, with the single "D'You Know What I Mean" preceding the full-length record in July. Greeted with generally enthusiastic reviews and robust sales, Be Here Now shattered sales records in the U.K. and nearly topped the U.S. charts, positioning the quintet as the de facto rulers of rock. However, a backlash set in among both critics and record buyers over the album's perceived excesses, which meant that Be Here Now lacked the shelf life of its predecessors. Not long afterward, typical infighting unraveled the band's tour, and the group disappeared from the spotlight for a time, although a collection of B-sides, Masterplan, did follow in 1998.
As the band was recording their fourth album in the summer of 1999, Bonehead left Oasis, claiming that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Interviewed by NME on August 11, the day after the parting was made public, Noel Gallagher seemed unfazed: "It's hardly Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles." Ex-Ride guitarist Andy Bell and onetime Heavy Stereo guitarist Gem Archer signed on after the recording of 2000's Standing on the Shoulder of Giants was completed. In fall 2000, the band celebrated their monumental world tour success with the release of their first-ever live record, Familiar To Millions. The album highlights Oasis' July 2000 gig at Wembley Stadium and was released on six different formats including CD and cassette, DVD, VHS, Triple Vinyl, and Mini Disc. Two years later, Oasis surfaced with Heathen Chemistry. Worldwide dates coincided the release of Oasis' fifth studio album, however problems loomed ahead. While touring America in late summer, Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell and touring keyboardist Jay Darlington were injured in Indianapolis after their taxi collided head on with another vehicle. Oasis were back on the road in two weeks time after cancelling shows in Indianapolis, Boston and Philadelphia shows, but the album wasn't doing as well as the tour. First single "Hindu Times" barely made a mark on MTV and struggled to cling to mainstream and college radio until fall. In December 2002, Liam Gallagher and a few other members of the Oasis entourage were involved in a street scuffle in Munich. The younger Gallagher sustained facial injuries and was later arrested while two of the band's security guards sought serious medical attention. A second single, "Songbird", was issued in late winter.



Mein alter Kumpel Mike: Einer der größten deutschen Rock´n Roll-Sänger aus den 60ern. Über ihn bin ich mit Albert Lee zusammen gekommen. Die legendären "The Fenders", waren es, mit der wir in vielen US-Clubs gespielt haben und dadurch in Deutschland sehr bekannt wurden. Mike hat später mit anderen Bands noch einige Platten gemacht. Seine aktuelle CD "Naked Selzer" hat er u. a. mit Albert Lee eingespielt und ist absolut hörenswert.


"The piano has been drinking, not me."


Indonesische Rock'n'Roll Bands waren fester Bestandteil der frühen 60er.


"Eine Oase des Rock'n'Roll und R'n'B in der Teenie-Pop-Wüste", schrieb das Magazin Rolling Stone 2000 über Susan Tedeschi.


Hot-rodded blend of Rockabilly and Rock'n'Roll


Suzanne Vega, geb. 12.8.1959, New York City, USA. Sängerin, Gitarristin, Songautorin. Inspiriert von Leonard Cohen. Tritt schon als Teenager in Kaffeehäusern von Greenwich Village auf. Studiert Tanz und Literatur, jobbt tagsüber als Empfangsdame und spielt nachts in Clubs wie Bottom Line oder Folk City in New York. Gilt als Eckpfeiler der Renaissance der Folkmusik Ende der 80er Jahre. Kritikerliebling mit vielbeachtetem Debüt "Suzanne Vega" und später mit "Luka", ihrem bisher größten Hit. Berichtet in ihren Songs ebenso melancholisch wie zynisch und mit schwarzem Humor von gestrauchelten Großstadtmenschen. Heiratete 1995 ihren Produzenten Mitchell Froom. Tochter Ruby. Hat sich inzwischen von Froom getrennt.



In den frühen 80ern entdeckte ich Sylkie auf einem Newcomer Folklore-Festival in Wuppertal. Nicht nur ich war begeistert. Ich habe sie sofort in unsere damalige Countryband "Duck Stop" (heute "Rubber Duck") eingebunden. Sie war eine absolute Bereicherung. Heute ist sie in den USA als Songwriterin sehr bekannt, ist oft zu Aufnahmen und Gigs in Nashville mit sehr bekannten US-Musikern. Sie wird Ihren Weg machen, that's for sure.


Born as Roberta Joan Anderson, 7 November 1943, Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada. After studying art in Calgary, this singer-songwriter moved to Toronto in 1964, where she married Chuck Mitchell in 1965. The two performed together at coffee houses and folk clubs, playing several Mitchell originals including "The Circle Game". The latter was a response to Canadian Neil Young who had recently written "Sugar Mountain", a paean to lost innocence, which Mitchell herself included in her sets during this period. While in Detroit, the Mitchells met folk singer Tom Rush, who unsuccessfully attempted to persuade Judy Collins to cover Mitchell's "Urge For Going". He later recorded the song himself, along with the title track of his next album, The Circle Game. The previously reluctant Collins also brought Mitchell's name to prominence by covering "Michael From Mountains" and "Both Sides Now" on her 1967 album "Wildflowers". Following her divorce in 1967, Mitchell moved to New York and for a time planned a career in design and clothing by selling Art Nouveau work. Her success on the New York folk circuit paid her bills, however, and she became known as a strong songwriter and engaging live performer, backed only by her acoustic guitar and dulcimer. At this time the astute producer Joe Boyd took her to England, where she played some low-key venues.


Helen Schneider has a varied and eclectic career in theater, music, recording and film. At the Bad Hersfeld Summer Festival in Germany, she sold out the entire run of 75 performances as "Eva Peron" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita" and was awarded the Great Hersfeld Prize for Artist of the Year by the German press. She starred in over 300 performances as "Norma Desmond" in the German language premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" and was awarded Best Musical Actress by the German public.

Helen made her Broadway debut as "Hayyah" co-starring with George Hearn in "Ghetto". She created the title role in "Frida: The Story Of Frida Kahlo" in Hilary Blecher's musical which was presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; she was nominated Best Actress in a Musical by the New York Drama Desk Awards; she starred in the European premiere of FRIDA at the Schauspielhaus in Vienna and performed FRIDA to a sold-out crowd at the prestigious Recklinghausen Festival.

In Berlin at the Theater des Westens, Helen was "Sally Bowles" opposite Hildegard Knef and Wolfgang Reichmann in Kander & Ebb's "Cabaret" and "Reno Sweeney" in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes". In Vienna she won critical acclaim for her portrayal of both "Anna I" and "Anna II" in Bertolt Brecht's "Seven Deadly Sins". Most recently she originated the role of Anne Sexton in  the new theater piece "Transformations Ver.0.1".


"Can" and "Kraftwerk". Flea and the Chili Peppers are great fans of these German bands, which in their view are not just innovative and unique, but have also written musical history with their works.


Mit Michael gründete ich Mitte 80 die Band "Duck Stop" (später "Rubber Duck"). Wir waren in der Zeit eine der Top Countrybands in Deutschland. Heute hat Michael seine eigene Band. Er ist ein hervorragender Entertainer, Sänger und Gitarrist.


David Robert Jones was born in Brixton on January 8th, 1947. At age thirteen, inspired by the jazz of the West End, he picked up the saxophone and called up Ronnie Ross for lessons. Early bands he played with, The Konrads, The King Bees, The Manish Boys and The Lower Third provided him with an introduction into the showy world of pop and mod, and by 1966, he was David Bowie, with long hair and aspirations of stardom rustling about his head. Kenneth Pitt signed on as his manager, and his career began with a handful of mostly forgotten singles but a head full of ideas. It wasn't until 1969, that the splash down into the charts would begin, with the legendary "Space Oddity" (which peaked at No. 5 in the UK). Amidst his musical wanderings in the late 60's, he experimented with mixed media, cinema, mime, Tibetan Buddhism, acting and love. The album, originally titled "David Bowie" then subsequently "Man Of Words, Man Of Music", pays homage to all the influences of the London artistic scene, and shows the early song-writing talent that was yet to yield some of rock'n'roll's finest works, even if it would take the rest of the world a few years to catch up with him.


Neal Thomson's Band in England


"Big black shape with eyes of fire
Telling people their desire.
Satan's sitting there, he's smiling
Watch those flames get higher and higher.
Oh no, no, please God help me !"


"Raindrops keep falling on my head."


Rocktimes, online Magazin Nr. 1 in Germany


Die Jungs und Mädels aus Wuppertal halten die Beat- und Rock'n'Roll-Fahne der 60/70iger immer noch hoch, Respekt !


Ich möchte Euch ...
... "meine" Künstler vorstellen. Viele begleiten mich schon lange akustisch (CDs und Schallplatten) und visuell (TV, DVDs, Konzerte). Nicht nur bekannte Namen sind darunter, sondern auch Interpreten, die sich noch nicht lange auf dem Musikmarkt befinden oder nur kurz "lebten"...
• "Interpreten" ... Hier habe ich praktisch alle aufgelistet, die sich in meiner CD- oder DVD-Sammlung befinden. Einfach nur eine Gesamtübersicht.
• Für meine "Juwelen" ... die mir besonders viel bedeuten (bisher über 100), nehme ich mir allerdings die Zeit zu einer ausführlichen Darstellung. Mit in der Regel selbst verfassten Texten, vielen Zusatzinfos, Biografien, (Konzert-)Fotos und Berichten, Plattencover-Abbildungen, diskografischen Angaben, Autogrammkarten meiner Sammlung und Links zu empfehlenswerten Websites, die die Infos ergänzen. Manche Seiten haben der besseren Übersichtlichkeit halber noch Unterseiten. Bitte oben in der Navigationsleiste anklicken, dann öffnet sich die Übersicht aller Juwelenstories.
• Wenn ein Link ... z.B. auf amazon, jpc oder andere Versender hinweist, bedeutet das keine Kaufempfehlung, sondern dient der näheren Information über z.B. CD-Inhalte, Rezensionen, Hörbeispiele usw. Ich verdiene bei einer evtl. Bestellung dabei auch keinen Cent.
• Das 1. Gästebuch ... war seit 22.11.2002 online. Es ist archiviert und noch einsehbar. Ein neues 2. Gästebuch ist in Betrieb ...
• Seit 23. April 2005 ist das Diskussions- und Informationsforum ... in Betrieb. Hier kann gerne über aktuelle positive oder negative Entwicklungen oder Begleiterscheinungen im Musikbereich und andere Dinge, wie Konzerte, Lieblingsplatten, YouTube-Musikbeispiele, Fernsehen, Gedichte, Tipps usw berichtet, diskutiert oder dem Small Talk gefrönt werden. Bitte eifrig, aber fair nutzen!


Hilfreich für Musiker


New Musical Express, neben Melody Maker Englands Musikmagazin Nr. 1


Not only The Beatles


Indie, Punk, Rock, Garage, Prog Rock, Psychedelia, Elektropop, Grunge-Blatt



All about American country music


The Beauty


Walter Moers - "Der Fönig"


"Zieh Dich aus, Du alte Hippe."


"Jedermann weiß, wie peinlich solche Stellen .... gerade bei minderer Qualität wirken können."


Sprachrohr der Unterdrückten


Das beste Musik-Magazin in Deutschland


The magazine for music lovers


US-Musikmagazin Nr. 1


Portal für die Musikerszene


Top US-Country-Label


Leslie Links Guitar Shop


Mmmmmmmhhh .... natürlich immer erst nach dem Gig


Die Seite "Eins" über die Geburtsstätte des Rock'n'Roll in Deutschland !


Absolut Kult in Karlsruhe


Much Blues in Germany, hab's ja immer gewusst.



Das erste in Deutschland erschienene Buch über die Beat-Zeit Anfang der 60er Jahre. Dieses Buch ist gut recherchiert und für alle, die damals dabei waren, ein Muss.


Das angesagteste Musikgeschäft in Karlsruhe und im Süden überhaupt


Ein Muss für jeden Mucker aus KA und Umgebung


"Rote Taube", die Kneipe Nr. 1 in der Karlsruher Weststadt, Headquarter der Rolling Drunks


Bands aus Karlsruhe und Umgebung und mehr


Bandliste mit deutschen Bands von A-Z


Wir, die Rolling Drunks, sind nicht eine, sondern "die" Hardrock Band überhaupt ! Noch Fragen ?


Bandverzeichnis & Community


Hier sind wir auch verteten.


Wer, Wann, Wo, Was ?


The Cavern Club opened its doors for the first time on January 16th 1957. Initially, it was a jazz club which was gradually infiltrated by skiffle groups, followed by blues bands and eventually beat groups, playing a brand of rock n' roll which became known as Merseybeat. Between 1961 and 1963 The Beatles made almost 300 appearances. From 1963 through till 1973, many of the great names of popular music appeared at the Club.


Die early Beatles hatten hier ihren ersten Gig in Hamburg.


Habe mit verschiedenen Bands hier gespielt, schöner Laden.


Von Kleinkunst bis Weltmusik


Newcomer Festival


US-Label, vormals Indie, wurde durch "Nirvana" weltberühmt.


Live Music Club in Karlsruhe ....


.... noch einer


Alles, was die 50er und 60er so hergaben, von Elvis bis Bob Dylan


Das Stromgitarren-Zitat des Tages: "If I am a guitar hero, I never really entered the competition - I forgot to fill in the application form."
- Keith Richards -


Interessanter Club, von Abba bis Zappa


Er hat sie (fast) alle in seiner Sammlung. Die originalen Signaturen der besten und bekanntesten Musiker all over the world. Die Stones, die Beatles, die Bee Gees, Madonna, Elvis, Bowie, Cocker und viele, viele mehr. Eine der umfangreichsten Sammlungen Deutschlands stellt sich vor.


Edel Western-Boots für 25000$ Hier!

As many of you know, Falconhead has the most extensive collection of handmade original boots, belts, and buckles in the world – the reason why so many boot, belt and buckle collectors shop at Falconhead, the only store of it’s kind.


Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879. Einstein's parents, who were non observant Jews, moved from Ulm to Munich when Einstein was an infant. The family business was the manufacture of electrical parts. When the business failed, in 1894, the family moved to Milan, Italy. At this time Einstein decided officially to relinquish his German citizenship. Within a year, still without having completed secondary school, Einstein failed an examination that would have allowed him to pursue a course of study leading to a diploma as an electrical engineer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. He spent the next year in nearby Aarau at the cantonal secondary school, where he enjoyed excellent teachers and first-rate facilities in physics. Einstein returned in 1896 to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 1900 as a secondary school teacher of mathematics and physics.


"I have come to give a new understanding of spiritual value and truth to everyone."
- Meher Baba, Avatar of the Age -


"My message to humanity is: Enough is enough. Awake! See what man has done to man himself. In three thousand years man has fought five thousand wars. You cannot call this humanity healthy. And only once in a while has a Buddha bloomed. If in the garden only once in a while a plant brings a flower, and otherwise the whole garden remains without flowers, will you call it a garden? Something very basic has gone wrong. Each person is born to be a Buddha: less than that is not going to fulfill you."                                              
                                                                                                              - OSHO -               


An international ban on the use, production, stockpiling, and sale, transfer, or export of antipersonnel landmines.


In a dangerous and divided world, it is more important than ever that the global human rights movement remains strong, relevant and vibrant.


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